Tennis News Today: Murray, Edmund Lead British Challenge at Chengdu & Zhuhai

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The Chengdu Open and the inaugural Huajin Securities Zhuhai Championships will kick off today to commence the three-week tour of Asia in the lead-up to the year-ending finale. Brits Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund, Daniel Evans and Cameron Norrie will be among those in action.

The Zhuhai Open, making its debut this year, will invite Top 10 stars Stefanos Tsitsipas and Roberto Bautista Agut, who will proceed with their surge to try and fit the bill for the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals. The list also includes two other Top 20 players in Gael Monfils and Borna Coric, along with Australians Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur.

The former World No. 1 Andy Murray is also one of the headliners as he strives to make his singles comeback. Murray has been looking to make a comeback in his bid to recover from a hip surgery.

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The 32-year-old is World No. 413, but will play with a protected ranking as he commences his way back to where he belongs, amongst the best, at the Zhuhai Open.

Murray is scheduled to travel to Beijing, Shanghai and Antwerp to get in as many matches as he can. His first tie is against the American Tennys Sandgren who defeated him in straight sets at the Winston-Salem Open. The Brit has long enjoyed success in China, where he has won five titles. He will start along with four of the top 15 players in the ATP rankings.

The Zhuhai Open commences today and the tournament with its final scheduled for Sunday, September 29. The matches will be played at the state of the art Hengqin Tennis Center, Zhuhai.

The 2019 Chengdu Open, played at the Sichuan International Tennis Center will also see a few of the top players in action.

Felix Auger-Aliassime, the 19 year old Canadian joined by the world number 20, John Isner, who will return from the Laver Cup, are set to headline the field at the tournament. Grigor Dimitrov was awarded a wild card, will be returning to action for the first time since reaching the US Open semi-finals.

Brits Kyle Edmund and Daniel Evans also get there Asian swing underway at the Chengdu Open.

Evans is set to play Yan Bai in a 1st round at the competition. The world number 47 will start his run in Chengdu after he played his last match in US Open where he lost 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 to Federer in the third round. He has a 48-22 win-loss record in 2019, 26-14 on hard court.

Edmund is scheduled to face off against Christian Garin of Chile in the first round. Ranked number 32, Edmund will want to get back to his winning ways after losing 3-6, 7-6, 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 to Pablo Andujar in the first round. The Brit has a 17-17 win-loss record in 2019 and he will look to improve that.

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