Murray to start in Brisbane

  • By: Andy Schooler (Twitter: @NetTalkTennis)
  • Last Updated: August 21 2012, 8:02 BST

Olympic champion Andy Murray will kick off his 2013 ATP World Tour season in Brisbane.

Andy Murray: Confirmed for Brisbane

The British number one played the Brisbane International for the first time earlier this year to prepare for the Australian Open.

Having arrived in Australia before any of his main rivals for the Melbourne major, Murray duly won the title in Brisbane and felt it was a good way to get used to the conditions Down Under.

"I really enjoyed playing the Brisbane International for the first time this January, and claiming the title was great preparation leading into the Australian Open," he said.

"Brisbane attracts a tough draw with a lot of top players. Obviously I want to play as many matches as possible and, if I can, win. Winning always gives you extra confidence and is the perfect start leading into the first Grand Slam of the year."

Tournament director Cameron Pearson said the 25-year-old, the first player to be confirmed for January's event, would be a big draw for fans.

"Andy is our defending champion, so we are thrilled he has again decided to start his year with us," said Pearson.

"It speaks volumes for Queensland that he values the Brisbane International so highly for his Australian Open preparation.

"His Brisbane win was the start of a stellar year for him, going on to reach the final of Wimbledon and then on to win a memorable Olympic gold medal in front of his home crowd."

The event actually starts on December 30 with the final taking place on January 6.