Murray to make singles return at Cincinnati Open

Ross Houston
August 11, 2019

"Good news for the sport", Spain's Rafael Nadal said of Murray's return to singles.

Former world number one Andy Murray has announced he will make his singles comeback in the Cincinnati Masters, which starts in OH on Sunday.

The former world No. 1 has been playing doubles after undergoing hip-resurfacing surgery earlier this year after a first-round exit at the Australian Open in January.

At Citi Open 2019, he teamed up with his brother, Jamie Murray and lost in the second round.

The double Olympic champion announced the news on his Facebook page along with a photo of him fist pumping and the caption: "That feeling when you accept a wildcard for the singles in Cinci".

Patience has been Murray's mantra since his competitive return in the doubles, refusing to commit to a singles event - and therefore not putting himself under the pressure of a timeframe - until he felt completely comfortable.

Playing in Cincinnati could well be a precursor to Murray making his grand slam singles return at the US Open starting on 26 August, although the 32-year-old may be wary of competing over best-of-five sets so soon. The Q I sort of ask, why not, why should I not being able to get back to where I was.

Wimbledon was Murray's first Grand Slam back following the successful surgery had him installed with a metal hip. Murray has been pain free since returning to the court and has spoken at length about the transformation in his life afforded by the operation.

Murray will face Richard Gasquet in the opening round and he holds an 8-3 win-loss record over the Frenchman.

But this is the first time Andy will be playing on his own since the operation.

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