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Murray accepts wildcard into Shanghai Masters

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 13 Sep 2019
  • Former world No. 1, Andy Murray has accepted a wildcard into October's Shanghai Masters
  • Murray is continuing comeback from hip surgery
Andy Murray (PA Sport)

Former world No. 1, Andy Murray has accepted a wildcard into October's Shanghai Masters, as he continues his comeback from hip surgery.

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"I’m really looking forward to be going back to Shanghai, a tournament I have had success at in the past," Murray said, according to the tournament's website. "Thanks to the tournament for a wild card. It’s great to be able to continue my comeback and play more tennis in China. Shanghai is a great city; I feel comfortable there and the fans are always supportive."

It's another big step forward in Murray's recovery from an injury which he feared would cost him his career.

The three-time major winner had announced in a tearful pre-Australian Open press conference in January that he planned to retire at Wimbledon because of persistent pain in his hip- he even suggested that the Australian Open could be his last tournament as he didn't think he could bear the pain till Wimbledon- but things are looking a lot more positive for the Scot these days.

Murray underwent hip resurfacing surgery at the end of January, insisting at the time that the operation was to get rid of the pain and give him a better quality of life, rather than fast-track a return to professional tennis, but the process has been sufficiently successful to allow him get back to the sport.

Murray's comeback has been measured- he eased his way back into action on the doubles court, making a spectacular return with a title run at Queen's, along with Feliciano Lopez, while he also featured at doubles events at Eastbourne, Wimbledon, Washington and Montreal, before making his singles comeback in Cincinnati. 

The 32-year-old is yet to win a tour-level singles match since his comeback, losing 6-4 6-4 to Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati, and 7-6 7-5 to Tennys Sandgren at Winston-Salem. He however reached the quarter finals at the Rafa Nadal Challenger in Mallorca, beating Imran Sibille and Norbert Gombos before falling to Italian, Matteo Viola.

Murray had initially contemplated playing doubles at the US Open, but he was encouraged by his performances in Cincinnati and Winston-Salem, and opted to focus on his singles comeback- hence the decision to play the Challenger event in Mallorca (which coincided with the US Open).

The 14-time Masters 1000 champion had already committed to playing Zhuhai (23-29 September) and Beijing (30 September to 6 October), and he has now added Shanghai to his schedule for the Asian swing.

Murray has excelled in Shanghai over the years, winning three titles and amassing an impressive 22-3 record at the Masters 1000 event. He won the tournament in his first two appearances in 2010 and 2011, and made the final in 2012, before adding a third title in 2016- the year he became No. 1 in the world.

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