Organisers of the Australian Open have confirmed they expect Andy Murray to make his Grand Slam singles return twelve months after the former World Number one pulled out of the competition last year fearing he would never play at that level again.
Days after that Murray went under the knife in Melbourne and as slowly rebuilt his fitness through Doubles tennis at first before entering singles competitions and last week making the quarter final stages of the China Open.
In the announcement of his return the organisers said that Murray would;
“return to the main draw with a protected ranking of number two and restored physical powers”.
This is all despite the fact he hasn’t actually hasn’t offically entered the tournament that starts on January 20th, instead opting to play in the Inaugural ATP Cup which is also held in Australia from January 3rd-12th.
In the mean time the Scot who is currently ranked 289th in the world will be concentrating on his second round match against World number 12, the Italian Fabio Fognini in the Shanghai Open that will be played today (tues)
Also in the press release the Australian organisers also added that the former Women’s world number one Belgium’s Kim Clijsters could also feature in next years women’s Grand Salm draw. This has just added to the recent rumours that the 36 year old four time Grand Salm champion will be making a welcome return to the WTA tour in 2020.