Andy Murray joins strong men’s singles roster at 2018 China Open

first_imgFormer world No.1 Andy Murray, who is attempting to make a comeback in tennis after the hip surgery he underwent in January, confirmed that he will participate in the China Open tennis tournament.The tournament organisers announced on Tuesday about the entry of the three-time Grand Slam to the list of participants for 2018. Murray won the China Open in 2016 but was unable to defend his title in 2017 due to hip injury.Murray’s participation in 2018 will mark his fourth China Open appearance.The China Open 2018 will take place in Beijing at the National Tennis Center from September 23 to October 7.Along with Murray, there are other big names that will play in Beijing this year. Defending champion Rafael Nadal, 2009 US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro and the Next Gen star Alexander Zverev, have all made their entries into the tournament.While the men’s field is expected to be extremely competitive, women’s field will not be behind. With the top 47 women’s players in the world set to appear at the WTA premier mandatory event, women’s side of the tournament is expected to have some cracking contests as well.Also read -Murray fights back to beat McDonald in first round of Washington OpenIt was in 2010 that Murray made his China Open debut. In 2014, Murray came to Beijing as an Olympic gold medallist and reached the semi-finals, where he lost ot Novak Djokovic.However, in 2016, when Murray came as a Wimbledon champion and two-time Olympic gold medallist, he went the distance and won the title. In 2017, his hip injury did not allow him to defend his title in Beijing.advertisementMurray has won a total of 45 ATP World Tour singles titles in his career so far and it includes two Wimbledon titles and one US Open.Also read – Cincinnati Open: Andy Murray, Victoria Azarenka get wild cardsHis first Wimbledon win made him the first British man to earn the singles title in London in 77 years. Finishing 2016 ranked number one in the world, Murray held that ranking for eight weeks.Murray has also earned Olympic gold medals in singles twice and in 2015, he helped Britain win their first Davis Cup title since 1936.A hip injury that derailed Murray for much of 2017 continued to plague him in 2018. It was not until June that he returned to competition, competing in two Wimbledon warm-up tournaments.(With IANS inputs)last_img

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