Tennis - Murray keen to 'challenge his body' in Rotterdam

Andy Murray says his back is no longer hurting and that he is looking forward to competing in the ATP Rotterdam event.

The Wimbledon champion has accepted a wild card to the Dutch event as he feels he needs more match practice after being hampered with a back injury.

Murray could only reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open but looked back to his best in helping Britain upset the USA in the Davis Cup.

"I came back from San Diego happy with the way I was playing," he told the ATP website.

"I had already had a long break due to my back surgery, so I hadn’t played a lot of matches. When you haven’t played for a long time, you have to get used to competing. I was enjoying playing tournaments and not being in pain. 

“It is important for me to challenge my body just now, to see how good it is. I obviously played my first five set matches in Australia, then in the Davis Cup.

"In those events you have a day off between matches, but if I play well this week I will be competing a few days in a row. The next month or two, I will still be learning about my body. But so far it has been good."

Murray will be the second seed in the event behind top seed Juan Martin del Potro and opens up his campaign against Edouard Roger-Vasselin on Wednesday.