Scot's Melbourne focus
Murray set for emotional return to Australian Open
The Australian Open looks set to be an emotional occasion for Andy Murray with the Scot preparing to make his return to Grand Slam singles after a 12-month absence.
It was in Melbourne in January this year that the former world No. 1 announced his plans to retire from the sport due to an ongoing problem with his hip.
However, following career-saving surgery the 32-year-old has enjoyed a phased return to competitive court action.
After reaching his first singles quarter-final in over a year at the China Open last week, he is now ready to make his biggest step yet on his road to recovery.
The three-time Grand Slam winner, who lost to Italian Fabio Fognini in three sets at the Shanghai Open today, has set his sights on running out at Melbourne Park a year after the tennis world paid tribute to him after it appeared he was being forced quit the game.
Speaking on Australian radio, tournament director Craig Tiley revealed the news.
“For sure Andy will be here,” he said. “I was on the phone to his agent this morning. He is going to be in Australia early.
“He is ready to return. Remember he said goodbye a year ago. It’s great in that period he had surgery and has rebounded really well.”
Murray, five times a runner-up at the Australian Open, is currently ranked 289th in the world.