August 1, 2018 / 4:12 AM / 4 months ago

Murray adds China Open to schedule

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - WTA Premier & ATP 250 - Nature Valley International - Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, Britain - June 27, 2018 Great Britain's Andy Murray in action during his second round match against Great Britain's Kyle Edmund Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

(Reuters) - Former world number one Andy Murray has added the China Open to his schedule in October as he continues his return from hip surgery earlier this year.

Murray, who played three matches in late June but withdrew from Wimbledon as it came too early in his recovery process, made his return to hardcourt tennis on Monday at the Washington Open where he battled to a first-round victory over Mackenzie McDonald.

“The China Open ... has announced the entry of three-time Grand Slam champion and former world number one Andy Murray to the 2018 player field,” tournament organisers said on their website.

Murray, who will face fellow Briton Kyle Edmund in the second round of the Washington Open, is expected to play in Toronto and Cincinnati before the final Grand Slam of the year at the U.S. Open.

The China Open, which will be held from Oct. 1 to 7, will also feature current world number one and defending champion Rafa Nadal and Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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