Andy Murray to make shock return, he will play Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal at event NEXT WEEK
ANDY MURRAY will make a shock return to action NEXT WEEK - at least that's according to the ATP World Tour website.
Murray, 30, had decided to sit out for the rest of the season with a hip injury. He said in a statement: “Unfortunately, I won’t be able to compete in the upcoming events in Beijing and Shanghai, and most likely the final two events to finish the season in Vienna and Paris due to my hip injury which has been bothering me the last few months.”
Andy Murray has not played since his defeat against Sam Querrey at Wimbledon but his name is on a list of players due to compete at the Paris Masters. On the 'who is playing' section of the official ATP site, Murray's name features alongside Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev to those who are interested in buying tickets. Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem, Grigor Dimitrov and Pablo Carreno Busta are also listed - although other players who have definitely ruled themselves aren't there.
Four players that are included
Those include Novak Djokovic, Nick Kyrgios, Tomas Berdych and Stan Wawrinka who have all announced their seasons over.
It is highly likely Murray's inclusion is a mistake, or that he hasn't been removed from a preliminary list - although he had pledged to return in November for an exhibition match against Federer in Glasgow. Murray is the reigning champion in Paris, an ATP Masters 1000 event, after beating Fernando Verdasco in the final last year. On when he would return, Murray said: "I will be beginning my 2018 season in Brisbane in preparation for the Australian Open and I’m looking forward to playing in Glasgow later this year against Roger [Federer] for Unicef UK and Sunny-sid3up. "I have a fantastic team working alongside me to help me through this process and appreciate the support from them and all of my fans over this difficult period.”
Roger Federer is competing at the Paris Masters
Federer is the only man who can stop Nadal, a winner of this year's French and US Open championships, from ending the season as world No.1. He is 1,960 points behind him in the rankings ahead of this week's Swiss Indoors in Basel, which Nadal is missing with a knee injury. On the hunt for no.1, Federer said: "London is my priority now and I really want to win the World Tour Finals. I am very excited to have had the year that I've had and everything that comes from here is a bonus. "Finishing the year as world No.1 is a long shot and I don't think it will happen, but if I play like this, who knows? Maybe I will get close again."
Federer has been handed a tough draw in the first round of the Swiss Indoors after he was paired with American wildcard Frances Tiafoe. Dangerous Tiafoe, 19, took Federer to five sets at the US Open in August before falling to defeat. He is in the same side of the draw as David Goffin and Jack Sock, while Juan Martin del Potro is in the bottom half.
Federer beat Nadal in the Shanghai Masters final last weekend to take his record against his rival to 15-23.