Andy Murray to return at Australian Open 2020, say organizers
Scotsman Andy Murray is expected to make his Grand Slam singles return at the Australian Open 2020. The tournament organizers confirmed the same. The 32-year-old Murray, a five-time runner-up in Melbourne, can enter with a protected ranking of number two. This is big news for Murray, who is currently involved in the ongoing Shanghai Masters. Here's more.
Murray to compete at the Australian Open
Murray to enter main draw with a protected ranking
The organizers of the Australian Open said Murray would "return to the main draw with a protected ranking of number two and restored physical powers". The Briton hasn't yet officially entered next year's tournament, which starts January 20. However, Murray will compete in the inaugural ATP Cup in Australia, from January 3-12. Murray will want to make progress and focus on his growth.
For sure Andy will be here: Australian Open director
"For sure Andy will be here," Australian Open director Craig Tiley told the Australian radio station Triple M on Tuesday. "I was on the phone to his agent this morning. He is going to be in Australia early. He is ready to return. Remember he said goodbye a year ago. It's great in that period he had surgery and has rebounded really well."
Shanghai Masters: Murray to face Fognini in the second round
Murray is currently plying his trade at the Shanghai Masters 2019. He made a superb comeback against Juan Ignacio Londero 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the first round. And now he will be up against Italy's Fabio Fognini in the second round.
Timeline of Murray since Australian Open 2019
The 289-ranked Murray had announced his retirement from the sport at the Australian Open 2019 because of a hip injury. He had surgery in January and then made a return to competitive tennis with the Queen's Club Championship in June. Murray played doubles events before deciding to focus solely on singles. He reached the quarter-final in more than a year at the China Open.