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Andy Murray to play singles at Zhuhai Championships, China Open

13 August, 2019, 15:45 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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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 32-year-old, who has undergone two major hip procedures, will face off against Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the opening round with the victor to face fourth seed Dominic Thiem.

The three-time Grand Slam champion underwent a second hip surgery on January 28, receiving metal implants that helped eliminate the pain that had hobbled him for a long time.

It is a big step to take in such a big tournament, and he will be tested early by Richard Gasquet in the first match and, should he win, world No4 Dominic Thiem in the second.

Andy Murray celebrates a shot while playing with his brother Jamie Murray of Great Britain during their doubles match against Raven Klaasen of Russian Federation and Michael Venus of New Zealand during Day 5 of the Citi Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 02, 2019 in Washington, DC.

"I'm not expecting to move as well as I used to".

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Now with a metal covering on part of his hip, Murray says he is pain-free but knows it will take time to regain his agility and movement around the court.

I spoke to him about three times a week before I had my operation, but was in communication with him all the time after he had his just to see how he was getting on. "That's why I'm giving it a go". He played doubles in several tournaments, including Wimbledon with Serena Williams and the Citi Open with brother Jamie.

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.

"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.

Murray said he taken inspiration from doubles player Bob Bryan, who made a successful return from hip surgery.

But he admitted: "It's different playing matches". "To get back to the very top of men's tennis, I don't think is realistically going to be a possibility. The quickest way to get up to speed is by being on the practice and match court with top players", the ATP Tour's website https://www.atptour.com/en/news/murray-cincinnati-2019-preview quoted him as saying.

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