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Could Andy Murray be set to return at Glasgow Challenger event next month?

Andy Murray could be set to make his long-awaited return to tennis next month in a Challenger event in Glasgow.

Murray underwent hip surgery in January, and was hoping to return for the grass season, but now looks to be ahead of schedule with his recovery.

The 30-year-old hasn’t played since Wimbledon, and with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) announcing two Challenger events, which is considered the second tier of professional tennis, it offers Murray a chance to ease his way back in with the bonus of paying in-front of a home crowd.

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The events, which offer $100,000 in prize money each, will take place at the Scotstoun Tennis Centre, Glasgow (April 28-May 6) before heading to Loughborough University’s Dan Maskell Centre (May 19-27).

The UK also have Challenger events in Surbiton, Nottingham and Ilkley, which are held on grass courts, while female tournaments take place in Surbiton, Manchester, Ilkley and Southsea.

The BBC reported that Murray’s team have been in contact about the creation of the two new events, although it isn’t certain he will be ready in time.

Murray has dropped to 29 in the world rankings, with Kyle Edmund replacing him as Britain’s number one player.

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The Scot last played on the Challenger circuit in 2005 – the year he turned professional – winning tournaments on the hard courts in Aptos and Binghamton.

With Wimbledon, which starts on 2 July, Murray’s main aim, he will likely only have a few weeks of preparation ahead of the tournament he has won on two occasions.

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