Former world no. 1 and the three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray is ready to compete in singles again, entering the draw in Cincinnati and adding Zhuhai and Beijing to his calendar! After all kind of troubles due to a hip injury, Andy has played only eight ATP tournaments after that break in 2017, the last one at the Australian Open this January when he was deeply concerned about his career.
Making a return in doubles this June, Murray has gathered confidence and feels ready to fight for the singles wins again, facing Richard Gasquet in the first round in Cincinnati later today. After enjoying a stellar run in the second half of 2016, the Briton conquered the tennis world with 78 wins and nine titles overall, reducing an enormous gap behind Novak Djokovic after Roland Garros and finishing the season at the top.
That would cost him a lot already in the first half of 2017, though, starting to struggle with a severe hip injury and deciding to quit the season after Wimbledon to make a full recovery for 2018. Unfortunately, the injury was much more serious than he thought and Andy finally underwent surgery in January 2018 after being forced to skip Brisbane.
Returning at Queen's and Eastbourne in June, Murray was still unable to play pain-free, missing Wimbledon for the first time since 2007 and hoping for a better run in 2019, eager to make a comeback and extend his career.
At the Australian Open, Andy gathered sympathies from the entire tennis world after a heroic battle with Roberto Bautista Agut that the Spaniard won in four hours and nine minutes, unable to hold the tears at the press conference and mentioning the possible end of his tennis journey.
Determined to give one more push, Andy underwent another hip surgery at the end of January, having a metal cap placed at the top of his femur that finally put the pain away (so-called "Birmingham hip"). After a few quiet months, Andy started to make slow steps on the doubles court, testing his body and feeling ready to rumble in singles as well in the rest of the season.
Zhuhai is the new event in the calendar, replacing Shenzhen where Andy won the title in 2014, having success in Beijing as well after going all the way three years ago. "As I look to play more singles events later in the year, I’m happy to announce I’ll be playing at the inaugural Zhuhai Championships in the week of Sept 23.
I have always enjoyed playing in China and Zhuhai is meant to be a great city. It's close to Macau and Hong Kong, with an impressive stadium and I can't wait to experience it. Some more good news for my Chinese fans...
I’m also going to play Beijing the week after Zhuhai. I’ve got some great memories from playing in Beijing (especially the one below!), it’s an exciting city, and I’m looking forward to heading back there again!"