Murray wins first title since 2019 to boost Wimbledon seeding bid

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Champion again: Andy Murray

Former world number one Andy Murray claimed his first title since 2019 with victory at the Aix-en-Provence Challenger in France on Sunday.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray had gone without a title since his victory in Antwerp in October 2019.

Murray, now ranked 52nd, defeated seed Tommy Paul, No. 17 of the United States, 2–6, 6–1, 6–2 in the final of the clay court event.

The 35-year-old Briton, who is hoping to boost his ranking to ensure a seeded spot in the Wimbledon draw in July, last won on the second-tier Challenger tour at US events in Aptos and Binghamton in 2005 .

“Last year, it was a bit of a struggle with my game for 18 months. But my team has been there supporting me and working with me,” Murray said at the trophy presentation.

“We're getting out of here.”

Murray and Paul were both looking for significant time on clay before the start of the French Open in three weeks' time.

Murray will also return to the top 50 at the age of 42 when the new rankings are released on Monday.