Murray will play Challenger Tour event in Spain

Andy Murray plans to play in next week's ATP Challenger Tour tournament in Mallorca

Andy Murray plans to play in next week's ATP Challenger Tour tournament in Mallorca

Now the Brit has made up his mind to feature at Rafael Nadal Challenger event in Mallorca, Spain.

Murray's brother Jamie has helped organise the Murray Trophy, a Challenger tournament in Glasgow, next month but, given it is the week before Zhuhai, Andy would probably be unable to play.

The tournament says Murray has accepted an invitation to play. The Briton previously visited Manacor in July 2016 for its inauguration and after claiming his Wimbledon title in 2016, Murray spent some time on the Mallorcan courts.

The three-time grand slam champion has now made a decision to step down to the second tier for the first time since 2005, when he played in the Challenger event in Mons as an 18-year-old.

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Murray has played in two ATP Tour events and will now compete on the second tier Challenger Tour for the first time since 2005.

At Queen's, Andy Murray was in tandem with Feliciano Lopez and the duo lifted up the doubles title.

The former world No 1 has lost both of the singles matches he has played since returning from January's hip surgery and, with the US Open starting on Monday, is dropping down a level as he builds up his match fitness. "I'm quite aware of where I'm at just now and what my level is".

Murray's successor as British number one, Kyle Edmund, is the defending champion having won his maiden ATP Tour title past year.

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