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Andy Murray Confirmed To Make Grand Slam Singles Return At Australian Open

Andy Murray Confirmed To Make Grand Slam Singles Return At Australian Open

Andy Murray will return to Grand Slam singles action by playing in the first 'Slam' of 2020 with the Australian Open confirming the news.

At the beginning of this year Murray broke down in tears at a press conference at the Australian Open when he said that because of a hip injury it might be his last Grand Slam.

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Less than a year later, and after hip resurfacing surgery, the Scot will return to Melbourne, his first singles appearance at one of tennis' majors since the 2019 tournament.

As per the Telegraph, the current world 289 will have a protected ranking of number two when he returns to the Grand Slam he has reached the final of five times.

Murray was out injured from January, after his incredible five set first round loss to Roberto Bautista Agut, until the Queens tournament in London in June.

On his return for the grass court tournament he was only able to play doubles, as he wasn't fit enough for singles, but it did allow him to get back in time for Wimbledon doubles.

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Everyone loved the Murray-Williams pairing at Wimbledon. Image: PA Images
Everyone loved the Murray-Williams pairing at Wimbledon. Image: PA Images

After winning Queens with Feliciano Lopez, he played SW19 mixed doubles with Serena Williams but has since been back in singles action.

Early fitness issues meant he dropped down to a challenger event in August, whilst the US Open was on, but he has since returned to the main tour.

In Beijing last week he came through two matches, including beating fellow Brit Cameron Norrie, before losing to Dominic Thiem in the quarter finals.

This week he is playing in the Shanghai Masters and has already won his first round match, coming from a set down to beat Juan Ignacio Londero 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, and plays Fabio Fognini on Tuesday.

After losing to Agut in last year's opening round the Australian Open played a video to Murray during his post match interview that showed many of his colleagues paying tribute to him.

At the time he was expected to retire either before or after playing Wimbledon as his farewell tournament, one year on he will arrive at the first 'slam' of the year ready to take on the world's best, an incredible comeback.

Topics: Serena Williams, Tennis news, Wimbledon, Australian Open, Andy Murray

Ryan Sidle

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