Cincinnati | Murray contemplating singles next week
It would seem that Andy Murray’s return to singles play could be made sooner rather than later, as expected.
Best-case scenario probably would be Cincinnati Andy Murray
The three-time grand slam champion, who had a hip-resurfacing operation five months ago, has kept fans’ expectations on hold while he decided when to make his long-awaited return, especially after testing his hip in doubles play at Queen’s, Eastbourne and Wimbledon.
There was speculation that his return to singles play could be at the US Open but he quickly put paid to that saying the best of five sets would be a step too far at this stage of his recuperation.
However, he could surprise everyone by playing in the main draw next week at Cincinnati where he is currently scheduled to appear in the doubles with his brother Jamie.
Speaking ahead of the tournament he told reporters: “I’m closer than maybe what I thought I was.”
He added that a return to the hardcourts in August was a possibility but if not, then it would be after the US Open.
“Best-case scenario probably would be Cincinnati. And then if I wasn’t able to play in Cincinnati, there’s a good chance I would probably wait until after New York, because I wouldn’t want my first tournament, either, to be playing best-of-five.”
His return to the singles court would be the first time since the Aussie Open in Melbourne last January where he lost after a gruelling four sets in the opening round, to Roberto Bautista Agut.
Meanwhile the Murray brothers have a good record as a doubles pair. They last played together at the Rio Olympics, but were a prolific partnership during Britain’s 2015 Davis Cup triumphant run, while they have won two ATP Tour titles together, in Tokyo in 2011 and Valencia the year before.
Jamie is the defending champion at Washington, having won the tournament last year with Bruno Soares.