Andy Murray adds Montpellier tournament to his 2019 diary

Andy Murray has added another tournament to his 2019 schedule, signing up for the Open Sud de France in Montpellier in February.

Andy Murray aims to play more events in 2019 as he continues to improve after hip surgery. Picture: Julian Finney/Getty

The former world No 1 only played six tournaments this year following hip surgery. He called an early end to his season in September in a bid to play a fuller schedule next year.

He will begin his campaign at the Brisbane International as a warm-up to the Australian Open Murray pulled out of Brisbane last January before deciding to go under the knife.

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The Montpellier event begins on 5 February 5. The tournament director of the Open 13 in Marseille later that month revealed last week that Murray will also play there.

Murray wrote on Facebook: “Lots of great memories playing indoors in France, looking forward to playing Open Sud de France in Montpellier for the first time next year.”

A caveat should be that Murray, whose ranking remains a lowly 263, entered a number of tournaments in 2017 that he subsequently did not play, but there are reasons to be optimistic.

The 31-year-old has been spending a lot of time working with a specialist in Philadelphia as he bids to return to something like his best form, and a recent Instagram post simply showed a tunnel with light at the end.