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Andy Murray to play Rafa Nadal Open in Manacor

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 22 Aug 2019
  • Former world No. 1, Andy Murray will compete at next week's Rafa Nadal Open\
  • The Rafa Nadal Open is live from Manacor from 26 August - 1 September
Andy Murray

Former world No. 1, Andy Murray will compete at the Rafa Nadal Open in Manacor, as he continues his comeback from hip surgery.

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The Rafa Nadal Open is a hard court event on the ATP Challenger Tour staged in the Rafa Nadal academy. The tournament debuted in 2018, with Australia's Bernard Tomic beating Matthias Bachinger to win the inaugural edition.

The 2019 edition holds from 26 August to 1 September, coinciding with the first week of the US Open. While Murray returns to the Challenger Tour for the first time since 2005, Nadal will not be present at his own tournament as it obviously clashes with the US Open, where the great Spaniard will be attempting to claim a fourth title.

Murray had initially planned to play doubles at the US Open, but he opted against the idea, choosing instead to focus on his singles comeback.

The three-time major champion had thought his career would be over by now, announcing just before January's Australian Open that he planned to retire at Wimbledon following persistent pain in his hip. The Scot even suggested that the Australian Open could be his last tournament as the pain in his hip had become almost unbearable.

Murray underwent hip resurfacing surgery at the end of January, insisting that the procedure was to cure him of the pain and give him better quality of life, but following a successful operation, the 32-year-old revealed in March that he was pain-free, and resumed playing again in June at the Fever Tree Championships at Queens.

Murray initially focused on doubles, playing Queens, Eastbourne, Wimbledon, Washington and Montreal, but he made his singles comeback in Cincinnati (where he also featured in the doubles), losing 6-4 6-4 to Richard Gasquet in his first singles match since the Australian Open. The former world No. 1 also played in Winston-Salem, where he narrowly fell to Tennys Sandgren 7-6 7-5 in the opening round.

Murray is also scheduled to play singles tournaments in Zhuhai and Beijing after the US Open.

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Andy Murray to play Rafa Nadal Open in Manacor

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