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Andy Murray to make singles return at Cincinnati next week

Andy Murray to make singles return at Cincinnati next week

Andy Murray has not played singles since losing in the Australian Open first round in January to Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut, after which he had hip resurfacing surgery in a bid to salvage his career.

Now Murray has made a decision to accept a wildcard singles at the Western & Southern Open which starts Sunday night.

The 32-year-old, who has won three grand slam titles, has not played a singles match since the Australian Open in January.

At Citi Open 2019, he teamed up with his brother, Jamie Murray and lost in the second round.

Murray posted a picture of himself on his Facebook page, clenching his fist in trademark fashion, with a message that read, "That feeling when you accept a wildcard for the singles in Cinci..."

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However, Murray described his latest operation, which has left him pain-free, as "life-changing" and he is now on the brink of completing a remarkable return to top-level singles action.

Hitting the weights in the gym to build up his strength was the focus post-Wimbledon before he headed over to the North American hard courts with a dual objective: improve match sharpness by playing doubles in Washington and Montreal, and upping the workload on the singles court in public practice sessions.

At Wimbledon, Murray began to get fed up of answering questions about when he would return to the singles court - insisting he did not know himself when his new metal hip would be ready to cope with the added workload. "It just takes time for muscles to recover", Andy Murray said in Washington DC.

Murray will face Richard Gasquet in the opening round and he holds an 8-3 win-loss record over the Frenchman.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic could all meet Murray in the first round.