Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray will be joining World No.1 Rafael Nadal at the Brisbane International next year, it has been revealed.
The 30-year-old said he plans to start his next three years in Australia as part of a long term partnership with Tennis Australia to help promote the sport.
“I need to take some time to rest my body and I look forward to playing the Brisbane International in January,” Murray announced today.
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“Starting the year in Australia sets you up in the best possible way for a strong season and I’m excited to start my next three there.
“I love coming to Australia and the Brisbane tournament always has a strong field. I’m confident it will help me prepare for the Australian Open,” Murray added.
The announcement is a major coup for the tournament which will now see the world’s top two men compete at the event for the first time.
Nadal confirmed his return to the Sunshine State last month.
Brisbane International Tournament Director Geoff Quinlan is pleased Murray and Nadal have committed early to the event and anticipates this to be the beginning of an exceptionally strong field.
“We are delighted Andy, a past champion, has chosen to start 2018 at the Brisbane International,” Quinlan said.
“Next year will mark the 10th edition of the tournament and what better way to celebrate by featuring the top two men in the world, we couldn’t be more pleased.”