Hot on the heels of Andy Murray taking a wild card into the Cincinnati Masters next week to play his first singles match since his painful exit from the Australian Open in January, the Briton has announced on Facebook that he is to make the long trip east to play the inaugural Zhuhai Championships and then the prestigious ATP500 China Open in Beijing.
His first match next week in Cincinnati in the final major tuneup for the US Open will be his first competitive singles outing since the Australian Open in January.
The three-time Grand Slam victor and 2012 Olympic champion Murray gained a wildcard entry to the ATP Masters 1000 tennis event in OH, with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic also amongst the field.
If Murray beats Gasquet, he will face Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem in the second round.
Andy Murray signs autographs after practice at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Mason, Ohio.
"I'm not expecting to move as well as I used to".
"Pain-wise, obviously, I don't have pain in my hip, so that was one", Murray said.
"When he drop-shotted, there was a few times I didn't even run to the ball, didn't react to it, and that's nothing to do with my hip", Murray said. A lot of challenges remain before he's ready to play at a high level again. 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.
After so many injuries and a clear uncertainty about the hip procedure, Murray's return since his operation has been surprisingly swift. Murray played doubles in several tournaments, including Wimbledon with Serena Williams and at Washington with brother Jamie, before deciding to try singles at Cincinnati, where he is a two-time champion.
Murray, who won the doubles title with Feliciano Lopez on his return to the ATP Tour at Queen's Club in June, continued: "I just haven't played a match for seven months". "Recovering from practices that I had?"
But he admitted: "It's different playing matches".
What is most important, however, is that Murray can get through his first singles without pulling up in agony, as we have witnessed over and over since he lost to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon in 2017. My team felt like this was the right time to do that. "To get back to the very top of men's tennis, I don't think is realistically going to be a possibility". "There's nothing for me to worry about, but I know it's easy to say that but when you get on the court, psychologically it can be tricky".