Andy Murray set to play in Australian Open, says tournament director

Ross Houston
October 10, 2019

Former world number one Andy Murray will play at the 2020 Australian Open in January, confirmed tournament director Craig Tiley.

At this year's Australian Open, the three-time Grand Slam champion said he feared it could be the last tournament of his career because of a hip injury.

Murray marked his return to competitive tennis in June, where he won the men's doubles with Feliciano Lopez, and played doubles and mixed doubles tennis at Wimbledon, sharing the court with Serena Williams in a formidable mixed doubles team.

At last week's China Open, the Scot - ranked world No. 289 - reached his first ATP Tour singles quarterfinal for more than a year, losing to eventual tournament champion Dominic Thiem.

"He is ready to return".

"For sure Andy will be here", Tiley told the Australian radio station Triple M on Tuesday.

"After having that for let's say five or six years and it getting gradually worse over time, I couldn't really remember what it was like not being in pain".

On Tuesday, Murray faces Italy's Fabio Fognini in the second round of the Shanghai Masters after beating Juan Ignacio Londero to record his first Masters 1000 victory in more than two years. I asked him "what's up, if he was going and 'I'm sorry to ask you, I kind of want to know and I think the people want to know".

"I played a top 10 player, a top 20 player, a top 30 player". He doesn't have enemies, we need guys like him also who lead by example with hard work and toughness and fairness. "But it was nice to be back and playing here again, get the win and hopefully start the next match quicker".

"I realised I'm really happy without it".

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