Andy Murray has accepted a wild card to compete in the Rennes Open in France next week.

The Scot will become the first Grand Slam champion to compete in this ATP Challenger Tour event, which started in 2006 when it was won by Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The Challenger circuit is the second tier of men’s professional tennis, just below the ATP Tour.

This will be the first time the 34-year-old Murray competed in the tournament, which starts on Monday.

It has been a fall from grace in recent years for Murray, who has not been the same player since getting a metal hip.

Should Murray get knocked out in the first round in Rennes, he will pick up a mere €660 ($780).

This is a far cry from the heady days when he pocketed ÂŁ2 million ($2.76million) for his 2016 Wimbledon triumph.
Murray is currently ranked at No 112 on the ATP Tour rankings.

He lost in the US Open first round in five sets to Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. The match was, however, shrouded in controversy with Murray taking exception to Tsitsipas taking two lengthy bathroom breaks before winning 2-6, 7-6 (9/7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

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