ANDY MURRAY it set to make his Grand Slam singles return at the US Open after agreeing to play the Cincinnati Masters next week.
The Scot has accepted a wildcard entry for the Western & Southern Open – his first singles match for almost eight months.
1 Brit Andy Murray is poised to make his singles return after last playing in the Oz Open back in JanuaryCredit: PA:Press Association
And Murray, 32, said last week that if he was to appear in the main draw in Cincinnati, it would mean he feels he is physically ready to appear at Flushing Meadows from August 26.
On his official Facebook page, alongside a photo of him punching the air in delight, Murray wrote: “That feeling when you accept a wildcard for the singles in Cinci…#LetsDoThis #HereWeGo – at Western & Southern Open.”
In Melbourne in January, Murray broke down in tears in an emotional press conference in which he revealed he was struggling with daily pain due to his recurring hip injury.
The former world No.1 was beaten by Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open in Melbourne and feared his career was over – until he underwent pioneering hip resurfacing surgery.
Murray returned to top-level tennis at Queens – where he won the doubles event with Feliciano Lopez – and also played Wimbledon alongside Serena Williams in the mixed doubles.
And just last month he revealed the Western & Southern Open was on his mind.
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Murray said then: “Best-case scenario probably would be Cincinnati.
“And if not, there’s a good chance I’d probably wait until after New York.
"Because I wouldn’t want my first tournament to be playing best of five sets."