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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