CINCINNATI – Andy Murray has sharpened his game on the practice courts with some of the best players in the world but the Scot says now is the time to really test himself with a return to singles action at the Cincinnati Masters.
Murray had hip resurfacing surgery in January in a bid to salvage his career and eased himself back into competitive action in doubles play.
The 32-year-old is now ready to go it alone and will face Frenchman Richard Gasquet on Monday in what will be his first singles match since losing in the Australian Open first round to Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut seven months ago.
“The performances against top singles players in practises have been good,” said the three times Grand Slam winner, whose world ranking has slipped to No. 325
“But at some stage you have to take the step to try and play. The quickest way to get up to speed is by being on the practice and match court with top players,” the ATP Tour's website quoted him as saying.