Andy Murray adds Zhuhai Championships and China Open to singles schedule

Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray

Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray

First things first, though: Cincinnati will be Murray's first Masters match in well over two years aside from one loss last year-in the first round of this very same tournament.

Murray, 32, followed up his first Facebook post with another announcing his intention to take part in the China Open.

The former World No 1 is back in action at next week's Cincinnati Masters, where he faces Richard Gasquet in the first round - the Briton's first singles match since the Australian Open in January.

Seven months after undergoing surgery on his hip, Murray feared that his career might end but he returned to the doubles event at the Queen's Club Championships in June.

Murray and his brother Jamie played doubles together for the first time since the 2016 Rio Olympics in Washington last week, losing in the quarter-finals. After some positive doubles results on his surgically repaired hip, Murray took a wildcard into the Cincinnati event where he draws the very-beatable Richard Gasquet to play the very-beatable Dominic Thiem.

The Frenchman has moved up ten ATP rankings places as a result to 56 and looks to be in good shape as he faces a player who has also spent a large portion of this year off the tour following surgery.

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The U.S. Open's wild-card timing led Murray to decide against playing in NY.

"I'm also going to play Beijing the week after Zhuhai".

"If things don't go well and I feel like it might take me a little longer to get up to this level, then that's definitely an option", he said. I probably would have had the operation regardless, but I'm not sure I would have tried to play if I hadn't seen what he had done and heard everything he told me about.

But he admitted: "It's different playing matches". At the Rogers Cup the following week, he again paired with Lopez and was eliminated in the quarterfinals. Andreescu won in Toronto after Serena Williams retired with back problems. Along with Murray, it has already signed up Stefanos Tsitsipas, Roberto Bautista Agut, Borna Coric, Gael Monfils, Nick Kyrgios, and Alex De Minaur.

In the first match on Stadium Court, 20th-ranked Elise Mertens dispatched local favorite Caty McNally 7-5, 6-0 to set up a second-round match with Elina Svitolina, the No. 7 seed and a semifinalist at Wimbledon. In the Men's Doubles at SW19, he and his partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert lost in four sets in Round Two.

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