Murray confirmed for Stoke Park
Andy Murray has confirmed he will play at the Boodles exhibition tournament next week after making an early exit at Queen's Club.
The British number one was looking to use this week's Aegon Championships to fine-tune his grass-court game for Wimbledon but suffered a shock, second-round exit to Frenchman Nicolas Mahut. The Scot had already made it clear that he would not play another tournament prior to the year's third Grand Slam but will join the likes of world number one Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin Del Potro, Janko Tipsarevic, John Isner, Stanislas Wawrinka and Gilles Simon at the Buckinghamshire venue. Murray refused to read too much into his defeat at Queen's but admitted that he will benefit from a run-out at Stoke Park. "I'm looking forward to playing The Boodles again to get some good matches on grass courts before Wimbledon," he said. Djokovic won the event 12 months ago before going on to claim his first Wimbledon title and the Serb will prepare for SW19 in the same way this year. It could be argued that the line-up for the next week's event is actually stronger than for the Aegon Championships, with Del Potro now back close to his best after missing a number of events through injury in 2010, while Isner has the perfect game for grass with a huge serve and ground strokes. But all eyes will be on Murray and Djokovic, with the former still to win his first major and the best player on the planet eyeing his second title at the All England Club and sixth Slam overall. Defeat at Queen's does not condemn a player to a poor run at Wimbledon, but Murray will want to put on a decent display next week to make sure his confidence is high going into the prestigious capital event.