Andy Murray Confirms His Return To Tennis Next Week
by Tom Gainey | December 17th, 2013, 4:28 pm

Andy Murray will return to tennis next week at the Abu Dhabi exo where he’ll face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday, the day after Christmas.

The Scot, who just won the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday, hasn’t played since undergoing back surgery in September. He was scheduled to play in an exo in Barbados last month before the event was canceled.

“I’ve been training and having rehab every day and will continue to do so right up until just before Christmas when I fly to Abu Dhabi,” Murray said. “Getting back to playing competitively is the next step in my preparations for the new season, which starts for me at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.”

Murray will be joined by Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Stanislas Wawrinka, Tsonga and Novak Djokovic at the lucrative 6-man tournament in the UAE.

Here’s video of Murray winning the SPOTY:

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28 Comments for Andy Murray Confirms His Return To Tennis Next Week

Okiegal Says:

Good luck to you Andy Murray!! Hope you are fit and ready to compete. Best wishes for 2014!


I know that is music to your ears!!

Purcell Says:

Many congratulations to Andy for winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Congrats to Andy on winning SPOTY i already said it on the other thread,so i will again wish him good luck for the coming season,and i hope he and Rafa will be on oposite sides of the draw at the AO,to give me a chance of seeing my two favorites in the final,we have never had a Andy/Rafa final in a GS,which is something i would love to see.

the DA Says:

Two things: I love the way he is so self-deprecatory about his voice; and how Martina reacts with a kiss upon hearing the little quiver in his voice.

I’m so looking forward to next week. Finally. I don’t know what to expect. As long as he can serve and move well – that’s all I ask for now.

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

The highlight of my year apart from Rafa winning another HC GS, was Andy winning Wimbledon actually it was the best thing to happen to me in years as a tennis fan,the Diamond of Dunblane done good :))..

Okiegal Says:


I absolutely was ecstatic when Andy won! You would have thought I was his number one fan. I was glad because I was hopeful the British press would get off his case…….they are brutal!! Really do hope his surgery was a success!!

I know all his fans are glad he’s back!!

Anna Says:

Well done Andy Murray! I just wish he weren’t so over the top all the time :) Best wishes for 2014 Andy.

Margot Says:

Come on Andy! Hope 2014 is truly stupendous, hopefully playing without back pain will free him up.
Yes, am very excited, its been a long time. No idea what to expect from him though….but lol what’s new about that?…;)
I know, I know, such an extrovert….;)

skeezer Says:

You are in Love, no?

Margot Says:


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

I was reading through some old threads yesterday of wimbledon this year,and the Murray trash talking was hilarious,comments like lady forehand,Murray will only win one set if Nole throws him a bone,Murray will never win wimbledon etc,and what was even more funny was how some posters did a vanishing act the minute Murray won been left with egg on their faces,Murray im pleased to say shut alot of people up and put alot of people in their places ha ha.

Brando Says:

Breaking news: Boris Becker is Novak Djokovic’s new head coach. Wow! A counter Murray tactic perhaps?…..

Brando Says:

More on this: Vajda stays as part

Brando Says:

Of the team but Becker is the main guy. Interesting combination.

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Brando he needs to do something to counter the new Murray,but also the new and improved Rafa,it will be interesting to see how it works out.

Margot Says:

OMG how do Nole fans feel about this? And what the heck does Vadja feel?
Can’t see that prima donna Becker being willing to share!

Colin Says:

Hippy Chic, I kept some of those anti-Murray postings too. Remember when a certain person referred to Andy as a “perennial loser”? At the time Andy was Olympic champion, Wimbledon champion, and still US Open champion. We could do with a few more “losers” of that calibre!
I was rather surprised at the Becker appointment. Doesn’t the former boy wonder look unfit nowadays? I reckon Lendl, in his 50s, is in better shape.
One thing I’ll say – with Becker’s personal history, Nole should keep him away from Jelena!

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Colin surfice to say i think that person lost what was ever left of his dignity and credibility as a poster and only suceeded in making himself look foolish enough said,anyway i dont actually see the reasoning in the Becker/Novak coaching maybe its to counter the new Andy/Rafa?and indeed i do feel Murray has a better coach in Lendel,hes managed to get Murray playing smart tennis,and not getting mentally too down on himself a complete change of mindset,Nole is not facing Murray as a player whos making up the numbers anymore,hes facing Murray now as a two time GS champion hes a completely different player now,and that is making Nole uncomfortable as a player,the dynamics have all changed now.

the DA Says:

Just catching up on the Becker/Djokovic news. Very surprised. Either it will help a la Lendl/Murray or it will backfire like Sharapova/Connors. Apparently Vadja will still be part of the team.

If Federer appoints Edberg it will be quite the 80’s revival.

Giles Says:
Wonder what b*****g Boris is up to?
This is going to be a case of “too many cooks .. “.
Will be interesting for sure.

the DA Says:

Having thought about it, Nole’s net game could use some work. Maybe that’s where Becker could be very useful.

hawkeye Says:

Colin Says”
One thing I’ll say – with Becker’s personal history, Nole should keep him away from Jelena!


Yeah I put Boris more in the Connors camp than the Lendl camp in terms of credibility.

The loss of Vajda’s full time commitment as head coach is the biggest variable in terms of what impact it might have. If it ain’t broke (and it ain’t BTW), then don’t fix it unless you have to.

Edberg would be interesting with Fed but right now is just people making something out of nothing as usual.

Steve 27 Says:

If Federer appoints Edberg it will be quite the 80′s revival

And Nadal hires McEnroe, lol.

RZ Says:

Yay Andy – go get ’em!

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Great to here that Andys good friend Ross Hutchins is planning for a return to tennis pretty soon,welcome back Ross :))..

Michael Says:

Welcome back Andy to the Circuit. I do hope that you will come with all guns blazing and may be do your best at the Australian Open which should be a little bit difficult considering that you are coming after a long lay off. But still Andy’s absence had created a void at the top and it would be interesting if he returns playing his best Tennis.

RZ Says:

Hippy Chic – I’m also thrilled that Hutchins is recovered and will be back on tour. I’m hoping he and Fleming will play the doubles at Davis Cup (especially as I’ll be in attendance!) though I actually think Jamie Murray may be a better choice on clay. Not sure who he’d partner with, though.

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