Andy Murray Set To Return From Injury In Geneva Before French Open, Gets Wildcard

Andy Murray Set To Return From Injury In Geneva Before French Open, Gets Wildcard

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Former world No 1 Andy Murray is set to make his comeback from a significant ankle injury at the Geneva Open later this month.

The 36-year-old Murray has been given a wildcard for the clay-court tournament in Switzerland, which begins on May 18.

The Briton’s decision to compete at the Geneva Open indicates that he is planning on playing in the French Open, which starts on May 26.

The three-time Grand Slam champion Murray, who is expected to retire this season, has been out since late March after rupturing ankle ligaments in his third-round match at the Miami Open against Tomas Machac.

“I’ll be back with 1 hip and no ankle ligaments when the time is right,” Murray said on social media in the aftermath of his injury.

The former world No 1 decided not to have surgery on the injury to reduce recovery time with hopes of playing at the French Open, Wimbledon and the Paris Olympics this summer.

Since returning from hip resurfacing surgery in 2019, which he thought would end his career, Murray has played only once at Roland Garros, losing in the first round in 2020 to Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka.

Notably, Murray, who turns 37 in May, has said he does not plan to “play much past this summer” but wants to compete at another Olympic Games before he retires. He is the only tennis player to have won back-to-back singles gold Olympic medals, in London and Rio.

“I’m likely not going to play past this summer. I get asked about it after every single match that I play, every single tournament that I play. I’m bored of the question, to be honest,” Murray had said earlier.

“I’m not going to talk more about that between now and whenever the time comes for me to stop. But, yes, I don’t plan on playing much past this summer,” he added.

In his bid for a final appearance at Wimbledon, Murray wants to start his grass-court preparations in Stuttgart on June 10. He owns a 5-8 record this season and is World No. 77.

Wimbledon begins on 1 July and the Olympics start on 26 July. The US Open, which is the final Grand Slam tournament of the season, starts on August 26 in New York.

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