Andy Murray arrives in Australia ahead of Brisbane Open

  • Andy Murray arrives in Brisbane from Dubai after his surprise exhibition match
  • The Brit was a late replacement for Novak Djokovic at the World Tennis event
  • He lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in the one-set match before flying to Australia
  • The Brisbane Open will be his first tournament since Wimbledon last summer 

Alex Martin For Mailonline

Andy Murray made his belated arrival in Australia on Saturday afternoon as he steps up preparations ahead of his proposed injury comeback at the Brisbane Open next week.

The British No 1 was seen walking through Brisbane International Airport with several large bags as he came prepared to play in his first ATP tournament since Wimbledon last summer.

Murray arrived after a surprisingly busy layover in Abu Dhabi, where he was a late replacement for Novak Djokovic in a one-set exhibition match against Roberto Bautista Agut, which he lost 6-2.

Andy Murray makes his way through Brisbane International Airport on Saturday afternoon

The bleary-eyed British No 1 arrived after an unexpectedly busy day in Abu Dhabi

Murray makes his competitive comeback at the Brisbane Open next week after six months out

His lacklustre display would have come as little concern, however, as his main focus will be preparing for the first grand slam of the season, the Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne next week.  

The Brisbane Open will be an important step in Murray’s return from a longstanding hip injury, which saw him miss the latter half of the 2016 season. He has been granted a first-round bye and will face American Ryan Harrison or Leonardo Mayer of Argentina in the second round.

Although Murray still appeared to be walking with a limp during his defeat in Abu Dhabi, he was happy with his display against the world No 20 and…

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