Murray to play singles in Winston-Salem next week

Andy Murray serves against Richard Gasquet during the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament. (Reuters Pic)

RALEIGH: Andy Murray will play in the singles at next week‘s WinstonSalem Open as he continues his comeback from hip surgery, tournament officials told Reuters on Thursday.

The Scot lost 6-4 6-4 to Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati on Monday in his first singles match since January and later said he would not accept a wild card for the men’s draw at the U.S. Open, the year’s final Grand Slam.

“Andy will be playing singles, but he will not be playing doubles,” Bill Oakes, tournament director for the North Carolina event, said by telephone.

“It’s amazing to have a guy who has won three Grand Slams, been ranked number one and may be the fiercest competitor coming to WinstonSalem.”

The tournament starts on Sunday, and Murray, who will not be seeded, could play his first match on Monday, Oakes said, adding that he had met with Murray’s team two weeks ago in Washington and talks had continued this week.

Murray will be making his first appearance in the WinstonSalem tournament, though his brother Jamie has played there.