Published: Sun, August 11, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Murray to make singles return in Cincinnati

Murray to make singles return in Cincinnati

Andy Murray says he has accepted a wild-card invitation to make his return to singles competition at the Western & Southern Open next week.

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".

He has played five doubles tournaments since his return to competitive action, winning Queen's alongside Spain's Feliciano Lopez in a dream comeback.

The draw ceremony at Cincinnati was held later yesterday, with the main draw set to begin tomorrow.

Murray and his brother Jamie played doubles together for the first time since the 2016 Rio Olympics in Washington last week, losing in the quarter-finals.

After undergoing hip surgery in January 2018, Murray struggled in his comeback and cut a disconsolate figure in Melbourne this year when he suggested his illustrious career was coming to an end.

Murray has eased himself back to match fitness by competing in doubles events.

Hitting the weights in the gym to build up his strength was the focus post-Wimbledon before he headed over to the North American hard courts with a dual goal: improve match sharpness by playing doubles in Washington and Montreal, and upping the workload on the singles court in public practice sessions.

However, Murray described his latest operation, which has left him pain-free, as "life-changing" and he is now on the brink of completing a remarkable return to top-level singles action.

Murray will face Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the opening round.

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

Joining Murray in a star-studded draw at the Masters 1,000 event in Cincinnati are Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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