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Andy Murray has revealed his excitement at a return to tournament tennis as he prepares to take part in the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi next week.
The Scot has been out of action since undergoing the knife to resolve a back injury which plagued him since he picked up the problem at the Rome Masters last summer.
There were suggestions the injury could scupper his chances of featuring in the Australian Open next month but so far the 26-year-old has been pleased with his recovery from surgery.
Murray has been away at a training camp in the United States but is now preparing to leave the practice courts and enter tournament tennis once again.
The two-time Grand Slam champion is now looking forward to playing in Abu Dhabi and hopes he can start finding his match fitness ahead of the Australian Open next year.
He said from his Miami base: “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.
“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.
“Coming back from injury is never easy and the line-up this year is so strong but it’s exactly the test I need to see where my game is at.”
Murray will be hoping to come through the tournament without any further injury setbacks as the reigning Wimbledon champion goes in search of his third Grand Slam title in 2014.