Andy Murray could attempt to compensate for his exclusion from the Australian tennis summer, with the treble Grand Slam winner looking to enter a French Challenger this week.

The Quimper event in Brittany, northwest France, would be the first competitive outing for Murray in well over three months after a first-round loss in Cologne.

The Scot was barred from an authorised charter flight to Melbourne at mid-month after testing positive for COVID-19.

Once out of a 14-day quarantine, the prospect of another two-week hotel room hibernation upon arrival in Melbourne and the lack of convenient air available transport to Oz sealed the no-go deal.

Frenchman Lucas Pouille and up and comer Sebastien Korda head the field in the minor league French tournament.

The lower-level Challenger world is relatively unfamiliar to No. 123 Murray, who did play three of them in 2019 as he fought back from two hip surgeries.

Prior to that, his last encounter with the journeyman level of the Tour came nearly a decade and a half earlier as a teenager in 2005.


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