Andy Murray’s return to competitive tennis will be tougher than he may have hoped after being handed a Queen’s Club appointment with Nick Kyrgios.
Murray decided on Saturday he would play at next week’s Fever-Tree Championships, ending an 11-month absence from the game.
The three-time major winner has not played since last year’s Wimbledon due to a hip injury and subsequent surgery.
He practiced at Queen’s on Friday ahead of next week’s Fever-Tree Championships, delayed a decision until Saturday and then told tournament officials he would be there.
“Andy Murray has confirmed that he will play in the Fever-Tree Championships,” the tournament said on its official Twitter account.
Murray played with fellow Brit Cameron Norrie in a relaxed session on Friday but will have a real step up in opposition when he sees Kyrgios over the net.
The Australian is number 24 in the world and is supremely talented, if volatile. Murray, however, has a good record against him, winning all five of their meetings.
Kyrgios is also in action today against Roger Federer in the semi-final of the Stuttgart Open.
Elsewhere in the draw, Novak Djokovic will face a qualifier, top seed Marin Cilic faces Fernando Verdasco and British number one Kyle Edmund will take on Ryan Harrison.
French Open champion Rafael Nadal was also due to compete but has decided to pull out and recover from his exploits on the clay.
With Wimbledon just around the corner, all of the big names will want to get as much practice on the grass as they can.