Tennis: Andy Murray beaten by Gasquet in singles tennis return

Andy Murray of Great Britain returns a shot to Richard Gasquet of France during Day 3 of the Western and Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Centre on Aug 12, 2019 in Mason, Ohio.
Andy Murray of Great Britain returns a shot to Richard Gasquet of France during Day 3 of the Western and Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Centre on Aug 12, 2019 in Mason, Ohio. PHOTO: AFP

CINCINNATI (AFP) - Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray was beaten on 6-4, 6-4 by Richard Gasquet on Monday (Aug 12) on his return to singles competition in Cincinnati following a seven-month hip injury lay-off.

The Scot hadn't played a singles match since a first-round exit at the Australian Open in January and feared his career was over, but right hip resurfacing surgery allowed him to return.

However Frenchman Gasquet was too strong for the 32-year-old, who was seen off in straight sets at the warm-up for the US Open.