Andy Murray will embark on his return to singles tennis today (Monday) when he faces Richard Gasquet at the Cincinnati Masters in the USA.
After breaking down in January after losing his first match of the Australian Open at the beginning of the year, a tearful Murray feared his career was over due to an ongoing hip injury.
After deciding to undergo hip resurfacing surgery he has since returned to the court in recent doubles events and a return to singles was always hinted at, although the former world number one never gave a time limit as to when that return would be.
After describing his recent results as “good” when he had took on some top players on the practice court, Murray decided to except the offer of a Wild Card entry to the event were he will meet Gasquet who is currently ranked 66 in the world, 259 places above the former World Number one.
Speaking on the eve of his comeback Murray told reporters;
” At some stage you have to take the step to try and play, the quickest way to get up to speed is by being on the practice and match court with top players.
“I'm not expecting to move as well I used to, but I think I can move better than I am now,”
he continued to say.
“That will take some time since I only started playing singles a couple of weeks ago.
“When you're playing at the highest level against the best players, they hit the ball big and that takes some time to get used to.”
Should he be successful in this match he could face either current world number 1 Novak Djokovic and world number 3 Rodger Federer later in the competition.
Despite whatever happens over the next week, Murray has also added a number of tournaments in China during September and October but as yet to decide if he will make his grand slam comeback at the US Open which starts at the end of August.