Former world No.1 Andy Murray will continue his Australian Open preparations by playing a warm-up event in Sydney for the first time next week.

Murray, 34, has been given a wildcard for the Sydney Tennis Classic, an ATP 250 event which starts on Monday.

Murray lost his opening match Down Under on Tuesday to Facundo Bagnis in the Melbourne Summer Series.

The Australian Open, where Murray is also a wildcard, starts on January 17.