Andy Murray is set to start his season at the Biella Challenger event in Italy on February 15.
The three-time Grand Slam champion was due to play at the Australian Open but was unable to travel after testing positive for Covid-19.
It was expected that he would instead start his season at the ATP 250 in Montpellier on February 22 or the ATP 500 in Rotterdam, which starts on March 1.
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However, he is now scheduled to enter his first Challenger - the tour below the top-level ATP Tour - since August 2019, when he was beaten in the quarter-finals in Mallorca by world No 240 Matteo Viola.
It will be Murray's tournament since losing in the first round in Cologne to Fernando Verdasco in early October.
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Murray is not set to be seeded at the event as he has dropped down to No 123 in the world. Alejandro Davidovich and Lucas Pouille are currently the top-two ranked players on the entry list.
The Challenger event runs during the second week of the Australian Open, which starts on February 8.
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