Andy Murray won't rule out playing Eastbourne and missing Wimbledon

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Andy Murray long-awaited return to competitive tennis ended in 6-2, 6-7 (4), 5-7 defeat to Nick Kyrgios at the Fever-Tree Championships on Tuesday.

Murray, who had right hip surgery in January, lacked match sharpness but his timing and, more importantly, his movement generally looked assured as he fought tenaciously to try to stem a stirring Kyrgios comeback.

Kyrgios fired 18 aces, and also 11 double faults, in a typically cavalier serving display.

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The 31-year-old Scot only gave himself the green light to play the grasscourt event on Saturday, saying he had zero expectations going into his first tournament since losing in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon last year.

He plays some unpredictable and unusual shots that people find entertaining, but I'm prepared for that because I watch him a lot. "I certainly could have done some stuff better, at the beginning of the second set I thought my level at times was good; sometimes not so good".

"And I was kind of dealing with a little bit of pain for the whole match, as ridiculous as that sounds, because the guy (Murray) was out from a hip injury".

"I was very pleased to break back the next game and after that game I found I settled into the match and really got my game on court".

"I didn't get off to the best of starts and maybe there were some pre-match nerves, which is completely normal for the first match on grass in your home country".

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"It's frustrating not to be able to execute things I was doing so well in the past".

Andy Murray has not ruled out making an appearance at the Eastbourne International as he continues his comeback from a hip injury.

The Spaniard disarmed his 9th-ranked opponent, whose favourite surface is not grass, and began the defence of his title on a good note.

He was clearly tired at the end and there was even the suggestion of a limp but Murray said that was only to be expected after such a long layoff.

"When I was close to getting over the line at the end of the match, emotions might have got in the way". "I played juniors with him". He said: "I won't rule anything out just now".

The triple Wimbledon champion conceded only two points on his first serve in a 6-2 6-1 hammering of the Queenslander.

"It was odd because on big points, when I won them, I nearly felt bad if I showed any emotion".

Also, Milos Raonic, runner-up to Roger Federer last week in Stuttgart, won his opener when Indian qualifier Yuki Bhambri retired hurt while trailing 6-1, 3-1.

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