Murray confident in fitness ahead of Monte-Carlo return


World number one Andy Murray insists he has not rushed his return from an elbow injury to play in the Monte-Carlo Masters.

Murray has not featured competitively since a shock second-round defeat to Vasek Pospisil in Indian Wells last month, with his elbow issue forcing him out of the subsequent Miami Open and Great Britain's Davis Cup defeat to France.

However, he was fit enough to feature in a charity contest against Roger Federer last week and is confident he will be ready to take on either Gilles Muller or Tommy Robredo in the last 32 in Monaco.

Murray was quoted by The Guardian as saying: "I wouldn't play if I felt like I was risking it.

"In practice I've been serving a lot. I only really started serving properly, as hard as I would hope to in a match, two days ago [but] I will have had five days before my match of serving at the right speed.

"I think it will be fine."

Murray's brother, Jamie, said the two-time Wimbledon men's singles champion had suffered "some sort of tear in his elbow".

However, Andy added: "I had it re-scanned when I got home about a week, 10 days after, when the inflammation had died down, and compared it with the scan I had on my elbow in 2014. It looked fairly similar. So [I'm] not sure if it was a tear there or not."