Andy Murry will look to continue his return from his long injury lay off when he faces Mackenzie McDonald in the first round of the Washington Open.
This will be the 31 year old’s third attempt at a comeback and his first on a hard court since being forced to have Hip surgery in the new year, after failing to recover from the injury that saw him miss the second half of last years season.
The former World number one and Olympic Champion had planned on returning at Wimbledon earlier this month, however he decided shortly before that it was “too soon” to be playing competitive five -set matches.
During his time out, Murray has slipped way down the rankings, currently finding himself at 832nd in the world, but has also been awarded a wildcard into the Cincinnati event in order to prove his fitness ahead of the US Open which starts on August 27th.
When questioned about his return the scot said;
“I haven't been in this position since I was kind of 18, “It sort of feels like I am starting from scratch again. It's going to be hard, but it should be fun. I feel better than I did during the grass [tournaments]. I've had another four weeks training and feel pretty good.”
Should Murray overcome MacDonald in Washington he will face up against current British number one Kyle Edmund who he last played back in June as he attempted to prove his fitness for Wimbledon, beating stan Wawrinka before going down in straight sets to Edmund.
Murray and Edmund aren’t the only two brits involved playing at the Washington event, British woman’s number two Katie Boulter will face fifth seed Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia in the first round, while Harriet Dart will take on the sixth seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.
In the men’s doubles Murray’s brother Jamie will partner Brazilian Bruno Soares as the fourth seeds take on Karen Khachanov and Lucas Pouille in the first round.