Britain's forlorn hope in the tennis world, Andy Murray, will lace up his tennis shoes for the first time in almost a month, when play starts at the Dubai Tennis Championships, later today. "I'm looking forward to the tournament", the Scot said.
Murray began the New Year in fine form, contesting a semi-final at the Australian Open with Novak Djokovic. The encounter, which lasted almost five hours, was later described, by Djokovic, as "one of the best matches I've played".
However, the clash took it out of Murray. He was forced to miss Britain's recent Davis Cup match with Slovakia due to injuries that he picked up in the Southern Hemisphere at the end of January. Fans of the best online tennis odds
will be wondering if he can get back to his best.
Murray has spent a good portion of his convalescence training with new coach, Ivan Lendl, in the hope of improving his performance in the Grand Slams. The Scot also has the Olympic Games to look forward to, later this year.
Lendl and Murray have spent the past few days in Miami, Florida, where the pair have been preparing for the Dubai Tennis Championships. Murray says that it took a "few days" to adapt to the fast courts that the tournament favours
The competition will kick off today with a match between Djokovic and German player, Cedrik-Marcel Stebe. Marko Djokovic, the big Serb's brother, will also be in action on Monday, playing against Andrey Golubev, of Kazakhstan.
In addition to Murray and Djokovic, ATP high-flyers, Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Tomas Berdych, and Mardy Fish will make an appearance at the Dubai Tennis Championships. Notable absentees are Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer.
The women's version of the tournament concluded at the weekend, with Agnieszka Radwanska triumphing in the final over Julia Goerges, of Germany. The Pole won in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4.