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Former world No.1 Andy Murray has accepted a wild card into the main draw at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne.


Murray, who underwent surgery in January for a hip injury that has sidelined him since Wimbledon last year, made his return to competitive tennis at the Fever-Tree Open at The Queen’s Club this week, falling to Nick Kyrgios in three sets.


This will be the first time Murray, who is currently ranked No.156 in the world, has played the ATP 250 grass court event since 2006 when it was staged at Nottingham.


He said he was happy to be continuing his comeback at the Nature Valley International.


“I’m looking forward to getting some more time on the grass courts at Eastbourne this week,” said the three-time Grand Slam champion.


“I played Davis Cup there in 2006 and I know the courts and facilities there are excellent. It was good to get back to competition at Queen’s this week, and I’m hoping to building on that next week at Devonshire Park.”


Nature Valley International Tournament Director Gavin Fletcher said he is delighted that Murray will continue his competitive return in Eastbourne.


“Andy is a great champion and immensely popular with fans both here in Britain and around the world,” said Fletcher. “With two Wimbledon titles to his name his grass court credentials are impeccable and I’m sure the fans will give Andy a warm welcome down here in Eastbourne.“


One of two WTA Premier level grass court events, and one of two ATP tournaments, played in the lead-up to Wimbledon, the Nature Valley International features Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Justine Henin, and Kim Clijsters among its former women’s singles champions, and Novak Djokovic, Feliciano Lopez and Andy Roddick among its former men’s singles champions.


Patrons wishing to attend the 2018 Nature Valley International are advised to contact the box office on 0844 5813015 before making a journey to Devonshire Park, Eastbourne.


Nature Valley International centre court and No.1 court tickets for Monday June 25 through to Saturday June 30 inclusive are completely sold out. There are a limited number of tickets available for the new No.2 Court on Monday June 25. Ground Passes, that give access to show courts on an unreserved basis, are still available for June 23 through to Sunday June 24. There are only a very limited number of Ground Passes available for Monday June 25 through to Saturday June 30.


Those who don’t manage to get a ticket to this year’s tournament can still watch all the WTA action on the BBC and Eurosport, and the ATP action on Amazon Prime.


Buy Tickets for the Nature Valley International 2019 will go on general sale on Mon 25th June 2018.


Editors Note : Last year it was painful to watch Andy limp with his hip. The guy really pushed thru best he could. We were sure he wasn’t going to play Wimbledon. We’d watch him walk up the hill at the practice courts at Aorangi Park and it was so clear he was in agony. Good Luck Sir Andy. We wish you well in this recovery.


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