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Murray to make singles return at Cincinnati Masters - Former world no. 1 accepts wildcard into Western & Southern Open

Hannah Wilks in ATP Tour 9 Aug 2019
  • Andy Murray accepts wildcard into 2019 Cincinnati Masters
  • Murray to play first singles match since hip surgery
  • US Open a possibility
Andy Murray (PA Sports)

Andy Murray will make his return to singles competition at the Cincinnati Masters.

Former world no. 1 Andy Murray has taken a wildcard into the 2019 Cincinnati Masters.

The Masters 1000 Series tournament, also known as the Western & Southern Open, takes place 11-18 August.

Murray will be playing his first singles match since undergoing hip surgery in January, shortly after he announced at the Australian Open that his career could be over.

The British player made the announcement on Facebook, a few hours before the draw for the Cincinnati Masters was due to take place.

The tournament also confirmed the news on Twitter:

Murray made his return to doubles competition in June at Queen's Club where he won the title with Feliciano Lopez. He has gone on to play doubles with a number of partners at the Nature Valley International at Eastbourne, Wimbledon, the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. and the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

He had previously said it was 'unlikely' that he would be returning to singles this summer but revised that opinion. Speaking to press ahead of his Citi Open campaign in Washington, Murray hinted that he could make his return to competition at the Cincinnati Masters, saying he was 'quite close' to being ready to step on to the singles court again.

Murray also said that he would not play the US Open unless he had first played the Cincinnati Masters, arguing that he wouldn't want his first match back to be the best of five sets, so the news that he will be playing in Cincinnati opens up the possibility that Murray could play the final Grand Slam of the year in New York. The 2019 US Open begins on Monday 26 August, just over eight months since Murray feared his career was over.

Murray has won the Cincinnati Masters twice, in 2008 and 2011, and reached the final in 2016 when he finished runner-up to Marin Cilic.

It will be the first time since the Australian Open that all the 'Big Four' are in the draw, with defending champion Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer also returning to action for the first time since they faced off in the Wimbledon final. Rafael Nadal has been heading the draw at the Canada Masters in Montreal, where he is the defending champion, this week. 

The draw for the Cincinnati Masters will take place at 6.30pm local time on Friday 9 August with first-round men's matches to be played on Sunday 11 August.

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Murray to make singles return at Cincinnati Masters - Former world no. 1 accepts wildcard into Western & Southern Open

Andy Murray will play his first singles match since undergoing career-threatening hip surgery at the Cincinnati Masters after accepting a wildcard into the Masters 1000 Series event, to be played 11-18 August 2019

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