Later this spring, Andy Murray could make his return from hip surgery at one of two new indoor events in Britain.
After his operation, he said, he hoped to return “around the grass court season, or maybe slightly before”.
The 30-year-old is unlikely to want to return on physically demanding clay, which precedes the grass court season, and his options elsewhere are limited.
The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has announced two new indoor hard court events in Glasgow and Loughborough. On the ATP Challenger Tour, both will be staged with a prize fund of $100,000 (£72,000).
The LTA says the tournaments will provide “quality playing opportunities for British players” in the run up to Wimbledon, but it seems very unlikely they would have been established at short notice had it not been for Murray’s impending return. The LTA has not yet committed to staging the tournaments in future years.
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