Murray ready to resume singles career

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2019

Andy Murray will continue his singles comeback in China next month after confirming he will feature at the inaugural Zhuhai Championships and the China Open.

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.

Gasquet also comes into this with two wins and a run to the round of 16 at the Montreal Masters, so has the slight edge coming into this, as he searches to snap a six-match losing streak - but Murray is pain free and more importantly has the joy back in his tennis.

"I'm not expecting to move as well I used to, but I think I can move better than I am now", he said. There is still some improvement to be made, though it will take time. Indeed, such was the distress and pain he suffered in Australia that it seemed probable that Murray may never play at the elite level again-and he certainly believed that to be the case before taking the big decision have hip surgery for the second time.

After so many injuries and a clear uncertainty about the hip procedure, Murray's return since his operation has been surprisingly swift.

Murray underwent hip resurfacing surgery at the end of January and began his comeback in June by playing doubles at Queen's Club before playing men's and mixed doubles at Wimbledon. Murray played doubles in several tournaments, including Wimbledon with Serena Williams and at Washington with brother Jamie, before deciding to try singles at Cincinnati, where he is a two-time champion.

Last August in Washington the pain in his hip led him to weep audibly in his chair after a long, three-set victory against Marius Copil.

Murray has also added tournaments in China in September and October to his schedule but has not yet committed to playing singles at the final major of the year, the US Open. "But I'm not sure I would have tried to play if I hadn't seen what he had done and heard everything he told me about".

"My team felt this was the time, that's why I'm giving it a go". If his level is not competitive with the top players and the bad draws that inevitably lie ahead, the Scot admitted he would consider dropping down to ATP Challenger events. "I've got some great memories from playing in Beijing, it's a really interesting city, and I'm looking forward to heading back there again!"

Where can I get tickets for Andy Murray vs Richard Gasquet? "The quickest way to get up to speed is by being on the practice and match court with top players", BBC Sport reported.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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