Andy Murray accepts invitation to Shanghai Masters
Andy Murray of Britain in action against Imran Sibillie of France during their match at the Rafa Nadal Open by Sotheby's in Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain, 26 August 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/CATI CLADERA
London, Sep 12 (efe-epa).- Andy Murray has accepted an invitation to compete at the 2019 Shanghai Masters tournament.
The ATP 1000 hard-court tournament is scheduled for 6-13 October in the Chinese city of Shanghai.
"Tournament Director Michael Luevano today announced that former World No.1, winner of three majors and two Olympic Gold medals, Andy Murray has been awarded a wild card into the 2019 Rolex Shanghai Masters, Asia's biggest men's tournament and only ATP Masters 1000," the organisers said on Thursday.
"We are delighted to have Andy return to the tournament where he has been so successful," Luevano was cited by the statement as saying.
"He is incredibly popular with our fans and we are all thrilled to see him back on the courts and heading to Shanghai.
"He has been through a lot physically in recent times so to see him back doing what he loves is very rewarding for everyone in tennis."
Murray had to retire from competition at the beginning of 2019 to undergo a second surgery into his injured thigh, amid expectations that he would not return to action again.
But the Brit has been back to playing tennis via doubles competitions at several ATP events since June, while his first singles appearance came at the Cincinnati Masters in August.
His participation at Shanghai will seal his Chinese tour that will begin at the ATP Challenger Tour tournament Huajin Securities Zhuhai Championships, followed by the ATP 500 China Open in Beijing.
Murray will return to Europe to play at the ATP 250 European Open in Antwerp, Belgium, afterwards.
"I'm really looking forward to be going back to Shanghai, a tournament I have had success at in the past - the last time I was there was in 2016," Murray said.
"Thanks to the tournament for a wild card, it's great to be able to continue my comeback and play more tennis in China.
"Shanghai is a great city; I feel comfortable there and the fans are always supportive."
The 32-year-old Briton is in the 415th spot in the ATP rankings. EFE-EPA