He’s Baaaack

Andy Murray tests his hip at the Citi Open

Andy Murray has had somewhat of a long comeback trail to the ATP after having hip surgery in Melbourne. The former world #1 and two time Wimbledon champion now holds a ranking of 823, a far cry from his high of number 1. However, no one can count the Brit down and out, far from it actually, as he has once again returned to competitive play at the Citi Open in Washington D.C. Murray's first round opponent was American Mackenzie McDonald and after dropping the first set 3-6, Murray recovered to take the match 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 so hopefully he's fully recovered and now just needs some serious playing time to start his path up the rankings. This was only Murray's 4th match of 2018 and if he's to continue on in the draw in Washington he'll have to be a lot sharper for his next match with a fellow Brit, Kyle Edmund who has been playing the best tennis of his career.

Murray had entered the draw at the AELTC with high hopes of a good showing on the grass at Wimbledon but that was not to be. In a statement to the press he said "I've made significant progress in practice and matches over the last 10 days but, after lengthy discussions with my team and with a heavy heart, we've decided that playing the best-of-five set matches might be a bit too soon in the recovery process"

So, here he is competing at a level 500 event which boasts a deep draw and some very dangerous opponents. If he's looking to test his fitness he's certainly picked a good venue to do it in Washington. Competing there should give him ample feedback to gauge his progress as he heads into the season's final Grand Slam of the year in New York beginning on Monday August 27th. That's just a little over 3 weeks away and will be here before he knows it. Can the Brit lift his game to the point of being a contender at this year's U.S. Open? I for one think it's unlikely that he'll go deep into the draw in NYC but you never know. Perhaps we'll have a better idea once we see how he does in the Citi Open. Kyle Edmund might have a lot to say about just where Andy Murray's game currently stands. I give Edmund even odds if not better to defeat Murray. What do you think?

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