Andy Murray vs Mackenzie McDonald ATP Washington tennis Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Murray returns to action in Washington

Leye Aduloju in ATP 29 Jul 2018
  • Andy Murray vs Mackenzie McDonald is live from Washington on Monday, 30 July from 7:00pm local time/ 12:00am BST (on Tuesday)
  • Murray plays his first match since pulling out of Wimbledon
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Washington at bet365 > live streaming > tennis (geo restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify)
Andy Murray. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Former world number one, Andy Murray returns to action on Monday when he takes on American, Mackenzie McDonald in the first round of the Citi Open in Washington. 

The 31-year-old Murray remains on the comeback trail from a hip problem, which forced him to miss the second half of last season; and required surgery at the start of 2018. 

Since limping through a painful five-set loss to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon last year, Murray has attempted several comebacks- he was hopeful of competing at the US Open- that didn't work- while he travelled down to Australia expecting to play Brisbane, and then the Australian Open, but his hip had other ideas. 

It was then that Murray concluded that surgery was the best option moving forward. The initial timeframe for his recovery projected a return for the grass court season, but as the months went by, there were conflicting reports about the speed of the healing process. At a time, Murray was said to be recovering so well that he could make a return at Challenger tournaments in the United Kingdom in April, while other reports went as far as suggesting that he wouldn't play again until the hard-court season. 

As things would turn out, the three-time major winner did return on grass. He made his comeback at Queen's where he pushed Nick Kyrgios to three sets before falling to the Australian in an encouraging performance, while he stepped it up a notch in Eastbourne, easing past Stan Wawrinka before losing to compatriot, Kyle Edmund, who had taken Murray’s position as the British No. 1, in the second round. (Should he beat McDonald on Monday, he will play Edmund again in the second round in Washington). 

Murray's performance at Eastbourne raised expectations that he would compete at Wimbledon, but the Scot pulled out of the tournament, explaining that his body was not quite ready for the demands of a five-set match. The logic was pretty simple, and understandable. He was in no shape to win the tournament, so why risk further aggravating the troublesome hip just to play three or four matches at the All England Club. 

The former world number one kept himself busy at Wimbledon with a stint in commentary, and he wasn't bad at it, but he returns to what he is really good at on Monday when he opens his Washington account against MacKenzie McDonald. 


After a promising college run in the United States, McDonald has been on the rise this year, jumping from being ranked 175th at the start of the year to a current career-high mark of 77th heading into Washington. 

McDonald actually made his ATP World Tour debut way back in 2013 when he qualified for Cincinnati following wins over Nicolas Mahut and Steve Johnson, (he lost to David Goffin in his main draw debut), but it wasn’t until this year that he made his first significant moves on the tour.

The 23-year-old scored his first ever Grand Slam victory, and his first ever win of any sort at tour level at the Australian Open, beating Elias Ymer in four sets, but it was his five-set loss to Grigor Dimitrov in the second round that really brought his abilities to the fore.

McDonald followed that up with a runner-up finish at the Dallas Challenger, beating Frances Tiafoe along the way before falling to Kei Nishikori in the title match. He didn’t do much on the ATP World Tour immediately after his Australian Open breakthrough, losing successive opening round matches in New York, Acapulco and Houston, and failing to qualify for Indian Wells and Miami, but he kept chipping away on the Challenger Tour, winning in Seoul, and making quarter finals in Gimcheon and Busan. McDonald rediscovered some form on grass, advancing to his first ever ATP World Tour quarter final in s-Hertogenbosch, before composing his most significant run on the tour till date, reaching the second week at Wimbledon after beating Ricardas Berankis, Nicolas Jarry and Guido Pella. He was eventually stopped by Milos Raonic in four sets in the fourth round. Can he follow up that performance with another strong week in Washington? He’ll first have to get past former world number one, and three-time Grand Slam champion, Andy Murray in the first round.

It’s the first ever meeting between the pair, and it should be a very good contest. McKenzie doesn’t possess express power, but rather relies on his movement and shot placement- which should in turn test out Murray’s hip. The hip looked OK on grass, and the Scot only pulled out of Wimbledon as a precaution rather than because of any aggravation. He will enjoy this match-up; and being the expert in out-manoeuvring and out-rallying opponents, he should make a winning return to the tour in Washington.

Andy Murray vs Mackenzie McDonald is live from Washington on Monday, 30 July from 7:00pm local time/ 12:00am BST (on Tuesday)
Watch and bet on the match live from Washington at bet365 > live streaming > Andy Murray vs Mackenzie McDonald  (geo restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify)

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Andy Murray vs Mackenzie McDonald ATP Washington tennis Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Murray returns to action in Washington

Andy Murray returns to action in Washington, where he plays Mackenzie McDonald on Monday. Will it be a winning return for the former No. 1? Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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