Andy Murray has upped stakes and departed before his first match at this week’s Biella Challenger. with the Scot ditching the minor Italian event for greener pastures in France.

Officials indicated that last weekend’s losing finalist at the first of two editions in Biella in Piemonte had instead departed after a pullout to head to next week’s ATP 250 in Montpellier.

The change of heart came after the former No.1 (now on 125th) who is struggling after two hip surgeries, decided he had enough court time, with five Biella matches in six days.

Meanwhile former British player Tim Henman has told Sky of his delight at Murray’s years of comeback progress.

“I watched some of his matches last week and spoke to (coach) Jamie Delgado; it’s great that he played five matches in six days.

“It also speaks volumes about his hunger and desire. It can’t be easy when you’ve got the Australian Open going on in the background and you’re at a lower-level event.

“His movement is going in the right direction, so the more he can play matches and his body can recover, the more opportunity he’s got of stepping up to the next level.”

Main photo:- Andy Murray in action in Biella ©ATPtour.com

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