Murray ready for Cincinnati singles return

  • Murray ready for Cincinnati singles return

Murray ready for Cincinnati singles return

Andy Murray, on the eve of his return to singles competition for the first time since his hip resurfacing surgery six months ago, was relaxed as he discussed his comeback in the Cincinnati Masters 1000 with an encouraging mixture of hope and perspective.

The 32-year-old, who has undergone two major hip procedures, will face off against Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the opening round with the victor to face fourth seed Dominic Thiem. The next week, with another partner, he played doubles at Eastbourne, and the week after that, opted into men's and mixed doubles at Wimbledon, making the second round in the former and the third with Serena Williams in the latter.

The three-time Grand Slam victor and 2012 Olympic champion Murray gained a wildcard entry to the ATP Masters 1000 tennis event in OH, with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic also amongst the field. Murray leads their head-to-head 8-3 and beat the Frenchman in the 2015 Cincinnati quarter-finals. Murray went on to reach his only final at that tournament before losing to Djokovic in four sets.

"I have zero pain", he said before his first-round match against Richard Gasquet.

Andy Murray celebrates a shot while playing with his brother Jamie Murray of Great Britain during their doubles match against Raven Klaasen of Russian Federation and Michael Venus of New Zealand during Day 5 of the Citi Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 02, 2019 in Washington, DC.

His singles return reunites the "Big Four" for the first time since the Australian Open.

"Obviously I'll find out on the court tomorrow if I have doubts about my movement and how my hip and stuff is feeling, but I've done what I could to make that easy on myself", Murray said. He says now though that he needs to get back on court to improve his mobility. But at some stage you have to take the step to try and play. "Can he get into the top 100 or 50?" "I'm not expecting to be moving as well as I used to but I still think I can probably move better than I am just now".

Instead, the three-time major champion is back to playing singles at a Masters event.

"When you're playing at the highest level against the best players, they hit the ball big and that takes some time to get used to".

Yet he was fit and confident enough to make an earlier-than-expected appearance in the doubles draw at Queen's-and won the title with Feliciano Lopez into the bargain.

Murray announced on Friday that he will compete in next week's Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, seven months after his tearful revelation in Australia that his career could be over, and is already planning further events.

The action at Flushing Meadows in NY gets underway on August 26th.