Cincinnati Masters: Murray all set to make singles return


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.

Andy Murray's last professional Men's Singles match was the first round of the Australian Open in January this year where he lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in five brutal sets.

The three-time Grand Slam champion made his initial return to action at Queen's Club in June, lifting the doubles trophy with partner Feliciano Lopez, who also won the singles title.

Murray, who looked rusty against Gasquet, added: "If I would have taken the wild card and then not played, then I would have been getting loads of questions about my hip and, 'Why has he turned it down?"

He confirmed this week he will make his singles comeback at the Western & Southern Open, though he has not yet decided whether he will contest the singles at the US Open. "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 now. Tennis wasn't the most important thing for me", Murray said.

"When he drop-shotted, there was a few times I didn't even run to the ball, didn't react to it, and that's nothing to do with my hip", Murray said. He played doubles in several tournaments, including Wimbledon with Serena Williams and the Citi Open with brother Jamie.

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. I'm also going to play Beijing the week after Zhuhai. A lot of challenges remain before he's ready to play at a high level again.

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

"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. At some stage you have to take the step to try to play. 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. My team felt like this was the right time to do that. "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!"

"We were hoping to maybe hold a wild card until a little bit closer to the time to see how I feel and get some matches hopefully and a bit of practice", Murray - the 2012 US Open champion - said.