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Recovered from back injury, Andy Murray says he’s ready to return to court in Abu Dhabi

"I've been training and having rehab every day ... I'm looking forward to being part of what is always a great tournament," Murray said of competing at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.

Andy Murray won Wimbledon for the first time in July. Dennis Grombkowski / Getty Images
Andy Murray won Wimbledon for the first time in July. Dennis Grombkowski / Getty Images

Andy Murray will play his first tennis since September at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship beginning December 26 in Abu Dhabi, the 2013 Wimbledon champion confirmed on Tuesday.

The British star, named the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday, hasn’t played since a back injury sidelined him following a Davis Cup match in Britain in September.

“I’ve been training and having rehab every day and will continue to do so right up until just before Christmas when I fly to Abu Dhabi,” said the world No 4.

“Getting back to playing competitively is the next step in my preparations for the new season, which starts for me at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.”

Murray’s first match will come against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a quarter-final on Thursday, December 26. If he wins, he’ll move on to face Novak Djokovic, who won the 2012 edition of the Championship, in the semi-final the next day.

The 26 year old Scot said he was anxious to get back to playing and shake off the rust at the tournament.

“Coming back from injury is never easy and the line-up this year is so strong but it’s exactly the test I need to see where my game is at. I’m looking forward to being part of what is always a great tournament.”

The other quarter-final on the 26th will feature David Ferrer facing off with Stanislas Wawrinka. The winner of that match will meet Rafael Nadal in the other semi-final.

The winner will take home a $250,000 (Dh918,250) prize.