08 October 2019 19:50
Andy Murray will play at next year's Australian Open in his first Grand Slam singles appearance since undergoing hip surgery. Organisers confirmed on Tuesday that the 32-year-old, a runner-up at Melbourne Park five times, would return for the first Grand Slam of 2020 after being knocked out in the first round of last year's tournament in an epic with Roberto Bautista Agut. The Scot underwent career-saving hip surgery at the end of January and made his competitive return to tennis in the doubles at Queen's Club in June, where he won the title alongside partner Feliciano Lopez. And after a mixed doubles stint at Wimbledon alongside Serena Williams, the Australian Open confirmed Murray's return. "Confirmed: Andy Murray will return to compete at the Australian Open in 2020," the organisers said in a statement.
US Open 2019 - best pictures Show all 64 left Created with Sketch. right Created with Sketch. Shape Created with Sketch. Mujrray will also have a protected ranking of No 2 for the tournament. Murray, who is currently ranked 289th in the world, played in the doubles and mixed doubles at Wimbledon, partnering Serena Williams in the latter, and made his singles return in Cincinnati in August. He reached the quarter-finals of the China Open in Beijing last week, losing to Dominic Thiem, and won his opening match at the ongoing Shanghai Masters on Monday.