The Once-Retired Andy Murray Is Back In Singles At Cincinnati
by Staff | August 10th, 2019, 1:38 pm

Remember at the start of the year when Andy Murray announced that his singles days were done at the very latest after Wimbledon?

Well, as usual in sports, no on really retires. After some positive doubles results on his surgically repaired hip, Murray took a wildcard into the Cincinnati event where he draws the very-beatable Richard Gasquet to play the very-beatable Dominic Thiem.

“That feeling when you accept a wildcard for the singles in Cinci… #LetsDoThis #HereWeGo,” Murray wrote on Facebook.

Murray’s return doesn’t necessarily mean he’s back full-time on the singles circuit. Obviously he feels that after some doubles success, it’s worth a shot in singles. And if the hip can hold up in Cincinnati and he can play well, then maybe he’ll give it a go at the US Open where it’s best-of-5.

Luckily, in a very deep field he drew Gasquet who he leads 8-3. The Frenchman hasn’t got a win over Murray since 2012 and also underwent surgery in January but for a groin.

The question will be, how will Murray compete — he won’t want to just be a Top 50 type of player — and most importantly, can his hip handle the hardcourts. There are no more hip-friendlier(?) grass and clay stops on the court, it’s just hardcourt pounding week-in, week-out.

So Monday night in Cincinnati is going to be a big day in the future of Murray.

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4 Comments for The Once-Retired Andy Murray Is Back In Singles At Cincinnati

j-kath Says:

Goodness gracious me! Contrary to the picture, it is rare indeed when Andy murray drinks alcohol – why portray him differently.

Hannah Says:

I beg to differ about the hard courts being worse for Murray’s hip; in some ways grass is worse because it’s slippery and hard to get some purchase on. If Murray manages his schedule carefully and gets rest in between, he should be fine.
Good luck for Cinci!

j-kath Says:

Hannah: Don’t know who is right or wrong, but do know that grass has always been Andy’s favourite surface. Evidently his body felt fine for him following “the grass season” – the fact he only won one tournament on grass playing doubles simply means he and his various partners – while doing OK didn’t win all the time. I think he’s testing how he feels on hard courts but equally is also testing how he fares in single matches irrespective of the nature of the courts.

Daniel Says:

Great news as long as he stays injury free. Guga, Haas, Hewitt, Nalbadian all plagued by hip injury.

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