Andy Murray will begin his 2019 season at the Brisbane International event alongside Rafael Nadal, according to a report on the Tennis World USA.

The tournament will start on 30th December and will run through into the new year until 6th January 2019.

Murray was scheduled to participate in the competition this year but was forced to withdraw due to an ongoing hip problem.

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The Scotsman has won the ATP 250 event twice during his career, the first in 2012 and the second in 2013.

The 31-year-old signed a three-year contract with Tennis Australia to start his season at the event and he is expected to do so at the end of the year.

The Brit’s season ended in disappointment as he lost to Fernando Verdasco in the Shenzhen Open quarter-finals.

Murray said:

I injured my ankle in my match in Shenzhen last night and there is no way I can compete effectively next week. It was another three matches, which is positive.

But obviously I want to play better than that, I have higher ambitions than losing in the quarter-finals. I want to try to be better in these events. I need to spend more time on the practice court and the gym so that I’m more robust and physically in better shape.