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Australian Open: Andy Murray pleased to be playing matches again, says brother Jamie

Andy Murray is playing on the Challenger Tour this week in Biella, Italy after being forced to withdraw from the Australian Open following a positive coronavirus test last month. Jamie Murray was speaking after reaching the second round of the men's doubles in Melbourne

Andy Murray had hoped to join Jamie Murray in playing at the Australian Open
Image: Andy Murray (left) is just pleased to be back playing matches, says brother Jamie

Jamie Murray says brother Andy is just pleased to be back playing matches – even at Challenger Tour level – after missing out on competing at the Australian Open.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray withdrew from this month's first Grand Slam of the season in Melbourne after being unable to find a "workable quarantine" following a positive coronavirus test last month.

Instead, Andy, 33, began his 2021 season with a victory against world No 203 Maximilian Marterer at a lower-level tournament in Biella, northern Italy in front of a handful of people on Tuesday.

"He is just excited to be able to play because he couldn't go to Australia," Jamie said.

"He trained so hard for 10-12 weeks in the off-season to be ready to go to Australia and he couldn't.

"For him he just needs to play matches, he needs to play matches. He is excited that in the end he was able to go there and play."

Andy Murray is playing competitively for the first time this week since October and will face Italian Gian Marco Moroni, world No 234, on Thursday at the indoor hard-court event.

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The former world No 1 is in his second Challenger Tour appearance in three years, after reaching the quarter-finals in Majorca in 2019 on his comeback from a second hip operation.

Jamie Murray added: "He is amazing like that. He doesn't have an ego to say I am too good to go and play a Challenger tournament. He is happy to be there and compete."

The two-time Wimbledon champion has now missed nine out of the last 13 Grand Slams, but Jamie says there is "no reason to think" his younger brother will not be at All England Tennis Club this summer, fitness permitting.

Britain's Andy Murray plays a shot against Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka in the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Image: Andy Murray will hope be compete in the men's singles at Wimbledon for the first time since 2017

Wimbledon organisers are prioritising preparations for a reduced-capacity Championships.

Jamie was speaking after he reached the second round of the men's doubles alongside Brazil's Bruno Soares on Wednesday.

The 2016 champions, who have reunited this year, won 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 against Briton Cameron and his American partner Marcos Giron.

Britain's Heather Watson matched her first-round singles win on Tuesday with victory alongside Canada's Leylah Fernandez as they beat 10th seeds Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai 6-4 3-6 6-2.

There was also further success in the doubles as Dan Evans, beaten by Norrie in the singles, progressed to the second round alongside Moldova's Radu Albot.

The pair comfortably overcame Andres Molteni and Hugo Nys 6-2 6-3.

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