Andy Murray is expected to compete in the 2020 Australian Open, according to tournament director Craig Tiley.
The former world number one had career-saving hip surgery earlier this year and continued his good progress by reaching the China Open quarter-finals last week.
At the 2019 Australian Open, Murray, 32, tearfully announced he may have to retire due to the pain he felt every time he played.
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— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 14, 2019
But after he underwent a procedure to resurface his hip joint in January, the two-time Wimbledon champion could be involved in the first Grand Slam of the new year.
“For sure Andy will be here,” Tiley told Australian radio station Triple M on Tuesday. “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.”