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Murray back on hard courts for 1st time since April, back in DC event for 1st time since 2006

  • Andy Murray, of Britain, speaks at a press conference at the Citi Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Andy Murray, of Britain, speaks at a press conference at the Citi Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)  (The Associated Press)

  • Andy Murray, of Britain, speaks at a press conference at the Citi Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Andy Murray, of Britain, speaks at a press conference at the Citi Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)  (The Associated Press)

  • Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, right, and Mardy Fish, back left, during a doubles match against Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil, of Canada, at the Citi Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, right, and Mardy Fish, back left, during a doubles match against Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil, of Canada, at the Citi Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)  (The Associated Press)

Andy Murray is back on hard courts for the first time in four months — and back at the Citi Open for the first time in nine years.

The two-time major champion is seeded No. 1 at the U.S. Open tuneup that begins Monday, getting his game in gear on the surface on which he won his first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows in 2012.

Like other highly seeded players, Murray receives a first-round bye. His initial match in Washington, where he hasn't played since he was the runner-up in 2006, will come Wednesday against Benjamin Becker or Teymuraz Gabashvili.

That will be Murray's first competition on a hard court since losing in the final at Miami to Novak Djokovic in early April.