Andy Murray has said that he will be playing in this week’s Barcelona Open as he attempts to reach full match fitness ahead of May’s French Open.
Murray exited in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters after being defeated by Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas in what was only his fourth match in two months after an elbow injury ruled him out of the Miami Open and the following Davis Cup game between Great Britain and France.
This year his only tournament win was the Dubai Championship in March after he lost to Novak Djokovic in the Qatar Open final following an early exit at the Australian Open to Mischa Zverev.
Murray also exited Indian Wells with defeat to the world No 129 Vasek Pospisil, his first loss to a player outside of the top 100 in the last six year.
Speaking before the weekend Murray said that he was doubtful about taking part in Barcelona as he was considering focusing on his fitness, “I’ll speak to my team a little bit about that. I need to decide now whether I go and try to get matches or whether I try to get myself in better shape physically, put as much work in as I can.”
Murray had been scheduled to play in just Madrid and Rome ahead of the French Open at Roland Garros at the end of May.
However, he has now committed to playing in Barcelona where he will be joined by home favourite Rafael Nadal who will be chasing a record tenth Barcelona title. Kei Nishikori and Dominic Thiem are also taking part in the ATP 500 clay-court tournament.
Albert Costa, the Barcelona Open tournament director, called Murray’s inclusion “the icing on a main draw”.