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Andy Murray to return to singles at Cincinnati Open

Andy Murray to return to singles at Cincinnati Open”

Britain's Andy Murray has confirmed he will make his return to singles action next week at the Western and Southern Open Masters event in Cincinnati, which begins on Monday.

The news, which was announced by the former World No 1 on his Facebook page, comes seven months after a tearful Murray said in Australia that his career could be over.

The 32-year-old three-time Grand Slam champion has not played singles since losing in the Australian Open first round in January to Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut, after which he had hip resurfacing surgery in a bid to salvage his career.

He then also featured in the men's and mixed doubles at Wimbledon, partnering Serena Williams in the latter, before playing in the Citi Open alongside brother Jamie and teaming up with Lopez again at the Rogers Cup.

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.

The doubles star Bob Bryan has made a successful return from the same surgery - which involves coating the joint in metal and inserting a steel rod into the femur - and his progress gave Murray hope that he could complete his own remarkable comeback.

After months of recovery Andy returned to tennis, playing doubles at the Queen Club tournament. Murray has consistently said he would not want his first tournament back to be over five sets in NY.

Murray will face Richard Gasquet in the first round in Cincy.



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