Surprisingly, Andy Murray decided to play three consecutive North American hard-court tournaments. A few months ago the British player had suggested that he could have adopted a different schedule than the past, playing Washington and Toronto in the next two weeks, and then resting before his first Grand Slam appearance in more than a year at the US Open.
Instead, having shown a decent tennis level at the Queen's and Eastbourne, after withdrawing from Wimbledon, Murray feels he can and needs to put in matches in his legs and so that's why he requested and got a wildcard invitation to play the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, from 11 to 19 August 2018.
Murray won 2008 and 2011 titles in Cincinnati, he made his last appearance there in 2016 losing to Croatia's Marin Cilic in the final. On the women's side, the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka got a main draw wild card.
The former world No. 1, who won 2013 title, will play three consecutive tournaments as well - San José, Montreal, Cincinnati - before US Open. The Tournament Director Andre Silva said: 'The resumes for Vika and Andy really speak for themselves.
I think many tennis fans are eager to see each of them back on the court, and we are pleased to offer them both wild cards to play the Western & Southern Open.' Cincinnati is set to mark Roger Federer's comeback to the competition as well.