When the 2019 Cincinnati Masters draw comes out in a few hours from now, Andy Murray will be one of the biggest names to grace the singles sheet this year. Yes, Murray is back and will be playing in the singles draw of his first ever tournament since his surgery earlier this season.
Britain’s Murray had earlier confirmed he was looking at Cincinnati Masters as his first singles tournament in the lead-up to the US Open but had added he wouldn’t play at the year’s fourth major if he couldn’t play a competition before that.
Murray wrote of this confirmation on his Facebook page, mentioning:
“That feeling when you accept a wildcard for the singles in Cinci. #LetsDoThis” and “#HereWeGo”.”
The three-time Grand Slam winner, which includes a title at the US Open in 2012, Murray has featured in a few doubles competitions since his hip surgery. These include a mixed doubles feature with Serena Williams and another men’s double appearance with his brother Jamie Murray.
And a singles participation, which looked nearly out of question when Murray announced before the start of the Australian Open he could retire as early as this year’s Wimbledon, will be a solid shot in his arm.
Murray will get a wildcard for the Cincinnati Masters, also called the Western & Southern Open for sponsorship reasons. Novak Djokovic is the defending champion in the competition, also heading into it as the world number one and the top seed while Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are expected to be second and third seeds respectively.
The Cincinnati Masters draw will be released at 11.30 pm BST on August 9.