Pain makes you think oddly is our only thought on learning that Andy Murray has given up his thoughts of retirement.
Murray went out in the first round of this year’s Australian Open and had been battling hip pain unsuccessfully for some time.
He had a procedure done that resurfaced the bones in his hip following that early slam exit. He recovered nicely and believes that he will soon be ready to play top level singles soon, although he did mention that he might not be ready for the U.S. Open, as he feels his cardio form is not up to potential five-set matches.
He was back playing doubles in June, winning at Queen’s Club with his partner Feliciano Lopez.
Murray tried doubles at Wimbledon, but he and Pierre-Hugues Herbert went out in the first round.
He made it to the third round of mixed doubles, but he had Serena Williams for a partner.
Murray is playing doubles with his brother Jamie at the Citi Open in Washington and he has notions of making his return to singles in the Cincinnati Masters.
Murray told reporters, “I think I’m quite close. If I was to play a tournament in a few weeks’ time, I could do it, but it’s just to get to maybe where I want to get to, I’ll need to play matches and get a little bit more work done in the gym on my cardio.”
The Cincinnati Masters has been good to Murray. He won the title there twice, in 2008 and 2011, beating Novak Djokovic both times.
He was world No. 1 in 2016, has two Wimbledons and one U.S. Open for his slam victories, meaning that he needs just the French and the Australian for a career slam.
He has played in five Australian Open finals and one French Open final.
Djokovic was responsible for four of the five finals failures in the Australian, with the other being delivered by Roger Federer.
Djokovic was the Murray slayer in the 2016 French Open final. Rafael Nadal forfeited in the third round at that French Open.