‘Let’s do this!’ – Andy Murray officially announces his return to singles tennis
Andy Murray will return to singles tennis next week after confirming he had accepted a wildcard to play in the Cincinnati Masters.
The 32-year-old has only played one singles match in around a year – a first round Australian Open defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut back in January.
That match followed a tearful announcement from Murray that he was likely to retire this year after apparently failing to beat a degenerative hip injury.
However, he underwent revolutionary hip resurfacing surgery shorty afterwards, a procedure that essentially coats the entire joint in metal.
That has led him to declare himself ‘pain-fee’ again, and he has been playing doubles tennis since June, when he won Queen’s Club with Feliciano Lopez.
He played both men’s and mixed – with Serena Williams, no less – doubles at Wimbledon too, and partners his brother Jamie Murray at the Rogers Cup this week.
Murray has never made any secret of the fact that it’s singles tennis he really wants, though, and it seems he is satisfied his body has come through the doubles stress-test.
“That feeling when you accept a wildcard for the singles in Cinci… #LetsDoThis #HereWeGo,” Andy Murray said in a brief post on Facebook.
The hope will surely be that, should he come through Cincinnati unscathed, Murray will make his Grand Slam return at the US Open before making a bid to prepare himself for a full singles season in 2020.
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