2-time champion at the Cincinnati Masters, Andy Murray was back on the courts in practice for the 2021 Cincinnati Masters which will begin in the coming week. The Brit was seen practising his shots as he prepares to return on the tour for the first time since the 2021 Wimbledon where he made it to the 3rd round before bowing out from the Grand Slam.
Murray was the winner of the Masters event at the 2008 and 2011 editions of the tournament. This will be just his 3rd Hardcourt tournament of the season as he looks to enter the Top-100 of the ATP Men’s Singles rankings again after having been the World No. 1 for 41 weeks and being the winner of 3 Grand Slam titles.
The practice video of the Brit which was released by the official Twitter handle of the ATP tour shows him returning two services on his forehand. Murray has been handed one of the wildcards and will skip the qualifiers and play directly in the main-draw of the Masters event which begins from 16th August.
Andy Murray will be the only representative of the Big-4
With Murray and Novak Djokovic bursting onto the scene from 2008, the duo was added to the elite company of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and the quartet was called Big-4 as they dominated the tournaments across all tiers and surfaces.
Of the four, only Murray will be playing at this year’s Cincinnati Masters as Federer and Nadal are out injured with their knee and toe injuries respectively. Djokovic who was the winner at the 2020 Cincinnati Masters had to withdraw to take some more time to rest before going for the historic 2021 US Open where he could become only the 2nd man after Rod Laver to win all 4 Slams in 1 calendar year.
Djokovic also has issues with his left shoulder that worsen after his hectic week at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where he lost in the semi-finals and then again in the Bronze Medal match of the Singles event he participated in.
With Murray being one of the most experienced players of the crop that will be in Cincinnati, tennis fans will be hoping he has a successful outing and brings back the vintage Andy shots.