Murray ready as he’ll ever be for Cincinnati singles return

Andy Murray to play singles in Zhuhai

Hot on the heels of Andy Murray taking a wild card into the Cincinnati Masters next week to play his first singles match since his painful exit from the Australian Open in January, the Briton has announced on Facebook that he is to make the long trip east to play the inaugural Zhuhai Championships and then the prestigious ATP500 China Open in Beijing.

The former World No 1 is back in action at next week's Cincinnati Masters, where he faces Richard Gasquet in the first round - the Briton's first singles match since the Australian Open in January.

Murray will face Richard Gasquet in the first round of the Western & Southern Open on Monday.

Andy Murray, of Britain, smiles after practice at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Mason, Ohio.

"I'm not expecting to move as well as I used to. Tennis wasn't the most important thing for me", Murray said. "That will take some time since I only started playing singles a couple of weeks ago".

"Obviously, when you're playing at the highest level against the best players, they hit the ball big and it takes time to get used to that again". I didn't want to take a wild card today because I just didn't know how I was going to feel after a match.

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

He said that he had been suffering from hip pain daily, and that it caused him to struggle with tasks like putting his shoes and socks on.

Murray returned to doubles play in June, winning the Queen's Club title with partner Feliciano Lopez, who he also partnered to the last 16 in Montreal last week and will team up with again in Cincinnati. "Recovering from practices that I had?"

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.

".At some stage, you have to take the step to try and play".

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. I haven't played many matches in the past 18 months, really.

"The quickest way to get back up to speed is to practice with the top players, I think that means I can get back quicker".

However, Murray has looked in good enough form in his Doubles matches to work his way back to the top 50 at least, and his never-ending capacity for a fight can see him win his first match back on the tour.

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