Murray Returns To Singles Tour Play In Zhuhai This Week
by Staff | September 22nd, 2019, 10:18 pm

Former No. 1 Andy Murray continues his comeback this week at the ATP event Zhuhai. It’s Murray’s third Tour level event since his return and first since the Rafa Nadal Open Challenger in Mallorca.

Ranked No. 413, Murray is unseeded and joined by Stefanos Tsitsipas, Roberta Bautista Agut, Gael Monfils and Borna Coric.

Murray opens against the man who beat him in his Winston-Salem opener, Tennys Sandgren.

“Physically I need to improve if I want to compete consistently at this level whereas, before, I was competing and I was uncomfortable, but I was still playing at quite a high level,” Murray said. “I don’t know how far I’m going to be able to get now on my comeback. I don’t know how much improving I still have to do or if I’m going to be able to. But I’m in no pain just now, so I might as well give it a shot and see how far I will go with the recovery.”

Murray has also added Beijing, Shanghai and Antwerp to his fall calendar all with an aim to play in Melbourne next year.

I’m not playing at the same level as I was three years ago, and physically I still need to improve,” Murray said. “So between now and the end of the year, I need to play matches and I’m not guaranteed to win matches every single week and I could draw the top seeds in the first round.

“When I’m at the events I get good practice with top players, so my body is getting used to playing at this pace again and this level again.

“I’d like to try to get 12 to 15 matches between now and the end of the year so my body gets used to competing and playing matches consistently again. I hadn’t done that for two years. It’s been a really long time, so it takes time for your body to build up.”

Murray has gone 0-2 on Tour in his comeback, 2-1 in Challengers.

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18 Comments for Murray Returns To Singles Tour Play In Zhuhai This Week

RZ Says:

I wish Andy would have played a few more challenger tournaments to get more match practice in before heading back to the big leagues.

Alison Hodge Says:

Best of luck to Andy whatever happens, no expectations, baby steps for now ….

j-kath Says:

Hi Ladies: Well our wee Andy got his first win.

belmont.93 Says:

I didn’t see the whole match, but I watched the brief highlights on You Tube. Our man was moving well and looked much more like his old self. Most importantly he was coming to the net, which is a sure sign he is confident. If he can win a couple more matches that confidence will only increase, and the rather pessimistic forecasts he’s been making won’t be fulfilled.

Perhaps it’s selfish of me to want him to carry on, after all he’s been saying about how great it is to “hang out with friends and family.”
OK – I’m selfish!

RZ Says:

Yay! Thanks for the updates. Glad to hear he is moving well and moreso that he won his match. (I don’t think I could have stomached another loss to Sandgren.)

After I posted yesterday, I saw an article where Andy said that he wanted to play these tournaments because he gets good practice sets in against the top players.

j-kath Says:


Don’t worry about being selfish – Andy and family are happy to see him carry on with a sport he loves, and he may even get ambitious (or not).

Colin Says:

j-kath, this is weird! I’m Colin, yet you address me as belmont. 93, which is part of my email address, which is supposedly not published. It doesn’t matter, because it’s an old address from way back. My message would not appear at first, so probably I screwed up the procedure somehow.

To return to Andy, I think he will change his previous rather glooming feeling if he gets a few more wins under his belt. It will be great if he can experience the joys of family AND the joys of winning. As I probably said before, it’s amazing how he and Kim have managed to avoid anybody getting photographs of the two daughters, because you can bet plenty of efforts have been made to do so.
That reminds me of something else (I do go on, don’t I?). Is there anywhere one can get a viewing of that charming and moving interview Sue Barker did with Andy, when he was unable to speak about the Dunblane massacre? His voice broke, and he buried his face in the dog’s fur.

Raj Says:

Looks like he will be primed for olympics. Winning 3 golds will be a special record for him. Other top 3 have their own records. Murray doesn’t particularly have one( being runner up to Nole in all slam finals is not record, except 2)

j-kath Says:

Colin: You were posting as belmont.93!!!!

Re. Sue Barker interview with Andy re. Dunblane —– I will try and see if I can find it — but have major appointments for the next few days but will have a go middle next week.

j-kath Says:


Trying this article – even if it doesn’t light up i.e. readable – if you go to Andy Murray-Sue Barker interviews you should find it.

Giles Says:

Wee Andy? He’s hardly wee. Lol

Colin Says:

Thanks, j-kath.
I see what I did before. I’m always making mistakes when I fill in forms.
The entire interview, which lasted about an hour, is not currently available on the BBC website, but the bit where his eyes fill and he snuggles up to the dog is. At the time, I remember, Sue Barker was very apologetic and offered to halt the interview. She seems to be a kind, sympathetic person, though she’s terribly boring on commentary, and sort of drains the life out of any discussion.
Regarding Andy cracking up, we have to remember he was only a kid at the time of the shootings. Jamie was a couple of years older, becoming a young man, and in any case he’s cheerful and out-going.
Judy Murray has described what it was like on the day, when the parents were lined up outside the school, waiting to hear if their son was still alive. The gym where most of the murders took place is now a kind of Memorial room, with the victims’ names listed on the wall, and Judy, who often seems as tough as old boots, has never set foot in the place, and can’t.
To return to the tennis, I wish Andy would play more doubles, where he wouldn’t have to do quite so much running, and could exploit his reflexes, which are still sharp. I also wish he’d
do more commentary, as he obviously knows the game, and can be very funny.

j-kath Says:

Giles: Yes, Andy is not small or tiny, etc. but “wee” is used in Scotland in a variety of expressions – comes from old Scots language and seemed to be a favourite with Rabbi Burns….. continues to be regarded as an expression of warmth.

Colin: Re.the murders at Andy’s school – it is even more shocking for the Murray family as the Shooter was well-known to them all.

Giles Says:

J-K, Thanks for enlightening me. 😀

Alison Hodge Says:

When looking after the people in our care home, i use the term young lady, or young man, all as mark of affection, alot of them are in their 80s, 90s, some over 100 lol ….

j-kath Says:


Sorri – but I squirm at that approach – although I understand you do it with the very best intentions. To me, it takes away dignity with the caveat that if they have dementia – then it may help to stimulate memories. (PS: I do have parallel experience at various stages in my charitable posts + having to provide a home for my father after my mother died quite early of cancer).
Apologies to others for not posting on a non-tennis strand.

Alison Hodge Says:

J-Kath sorry no offence was meant, i know the feeling regarding caring for a terminally ill loved one, my mother was also young when she died from breast cancer, i think when dealing with people we just all do things differently, peace hun ….

Also sorry for not posting on the none tennis forum ….

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