Andy Murray warms up with Wayne Rooney ahead of possible Edmund encounter

Andy Murray could tackle Kyle Edmund at next week's Citi Open in Washington - where Wayne Rooney has paid the Scot a visit.
Andy Murray. Pic: PAAndy Murray. Pic: PA
Andy Murray. Pic: PA

The Edmund clash will happen if former Wimbledon champion Murray comes through his opening test. Edmund, who has replaced Murray as British number one, receives a bye to round two.

Murray has been drawn to face American Mackenzie McDonald in the first round as he steps up his recovery from hip surgery.

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It will be Murray’s first tournament since deciding not to play at Wimbledon.

He took part in the Queen’s Club and Eastbourne events earlier in the grass-court season, losing to Edmund at the latter, but a reunion is on the cards on the hard courts of the US capital providing Murray overcomes a player who reached the fourth round of Wimbledon.

That was 23-year-old McDonald’s best grand slam performance.

Murray has been warming up for his return in the company of former England football captain Rooney, who joined him on court for a lighthearted session.

Rooney is now Washington-based after leaving Everton to join DC United this summer.

He demonstrated his racket skills before joining in a game of foot tennis, with Jamie Murray also getting in on the action.

Germany’s Alexander Zverev is the top seed in Washington, with Wimbledon semi-finalist John Isner also taking part.

Andy Murray is targeting a return to grand slam action at next month’s US Open, having missed 11 months of action between last year’s Wimbledon and the recent grass-court campaign to get his hip in shape for competition.