Andy Murray could make his return from hip surgery in Glasgow later this spring. Murray said after his operation that he hoped to return “around the grass court season, or maybe slightly before”. The Lawn Tennis Association has announced two new indoor hard court events in Glasgow and Loughborough and speculation is mounting that they could be targeted by Murray for his return.
Both will be staged on the ATP Challenger Tour, the level below the ATP World Tour, with a prize fund of $100,000. The first will take place at the Scotstoun Tennis Centre in Glasgow between 28 April and 6 May. The second is scheduled for Loughborough University’s Tennis Centre from 19-27 May.
The LTA says the tournaments will provide “quality playing opportunities for British players” in the run up to Wimbledon. Speculation suggests they have been established at short notice with a view to Murray’s impending return. The LTA has not yet committed to staging the tournaments in future years.
The double Wimbledon champion has not played a competitive match since Wimbledon last year and pulled out of this season’s Australian Open with injury before undergoing surgery on 8 January.