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Andy Murray given assistance so he can return in to action at Australian Open

Protection: Murray

ANDY MURRAY will look to get his career back on track at next month’s Australian Open thanks to his protected world No.2 ranking.

The three-time grand-slam winner and 2012 and 2016 Olympic champion is allowed direct access to nine tournaments following his return to action in June after 11 months out with a hip injury.

But 31-year-old Murray, currently ranked 259 in the world, will not be seeded at Melbourne Park.

He will be joined in the draw by Kyle Edmund, last year’s semi-finalist, and Cameron Norrie, while their fellow Briton Katie Boulter will make her first appearance in the women’s singles with Johanna Konta and Heather Watson.