Andy Murray returns to training after surgery

Andy Murray in action against Florian Mayer during their US Open third round match on September 1, 2013
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray returns to training for the first time since undergoing back surgery in September.

World number four Andy Murray has returned to a tennis court for the first time since he underwent surgery on a back problem.

The 26-year-old brought a premature end to his campaign by undergoing an operation to try to correct the problem that had prevented him from competing at Roland Garros in May.

However, two months after what had been described as a "minor" procedure, the Wimbledon champion has stepped up his recovery by taking part in a practice session in Miami.

Murray is hoping to return to full fitness in time for the Australian Open, which begins in January.

Andy Murray of Great Britain poses with the Gentlemen's Singles Trophy following his victory in the Gentlemen's Singles Final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis
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1Scotland flag Andy Murray11,540
2Serbia Novak Djokovic9,735
3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,195
4Canada Milos Raonic5,080
5Japan Kei Nishikori4,730
6Spain Rafael Nadal4,115
7France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga3,480
8Croatia Marin Cilic3,410
9Austria Dominic Thiem3,375
10Switzerland Roger Federer3,260
11Belgium David Goffin3,245
12France Gael Monfils3,190
13Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov2,925
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,790
15Lucas Pouille2,261
16Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,190
17Australia Nick Kyrgios2,075
18United States Jack Sock2,060
19France Richard Gasquet1,920
20Alexander Zverev1,895