Andy Murray is due to rejoin the singles struggle after receiving a wild card on Friday into next week’s Cincinnati Masters.

The former world No. 1 Scot who last played singles in a five-set Australian Open loss in mid-January to Spain’s Robert Bautista Agut, has been hinting for a week or more than he could be ready for a comeback.

Braveheart’s last stand – or not? Andy Murray bows out on maybe his last Australian Open. Photo: Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

Murray began dipping his toes into doubles after a successful January hip resurfacing procedure that kick-started his current comeback effort.

The 32-year-old won the Queen’s club doubles with Feliciano Lopez in June, with the pair also advancing to the second round this week in Montreal.

Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez win Queens doubles title

Murray had said that it would be his body that determined when and if he gave the singles game another go.

With his decision to play Cincinnati – last major warm-up tournament prior to the start of the US open a fortnight from Monday – the way could be clear for the three-time Grand Slam winner to accept a possible singles wild card into the US Open.

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