Andy Murray will compete at the Brisbane International.

Andy Murray has committed himself to a return to Queensland to defend his Brisbane International title.

The current champion is the first player to be announced for the tournament – often viewed as a key precursor to the Australian Open.

“Brisbane attracts a tough draw with a lot of top players … obviously I want to play as many matches as possible,” said the Olympic gold medallist.

He added that Brisbane was a great place for tennis as it has many top-class facilities.

Brisbane International tournament director Cameron Pearson said the return of the 25-year-old shows that Queensland is a major draw for the world’s best sports stars.

Almost 100,000 attended last year’s competition and a similar number are expected to show up when the 2013 event gets underway. The tournament starts on December 30th 2012 and the final is a week later on January 6th.

Tickets go on sale in October and ground passes are priced at $16.90.

Written by Anthony Nicholson

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