The last few months were mostly about Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and their unexpected reign over the ATP professional circuit. But that's simply a phase of how things work as other top players aren't in the brightest spot at the moment. Among them, Andy Murray is expected to resume action soon. He is set to feature an exhibition event in Glasgow on November 7 along with Roger Federer.

'Andy Murray Live' that will take place in an indoor venue in Glasgow probably emerged as a response to that 'Match for Africa 3' when the Brit responded to Federer's invitation to be part of a well-established charity event.

Thus, Murray will make his first on-court appearance since losing in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships.His return to the ATP circuit has been pointed towards January 2018.

Live ranking places Andy Murray outside the top 10

The ATP circuit has moved into its last competitive week of the current season, which means that all the ranking points gained in 2016 are about to be erased unless defended partially or in full. Andy Murray is out of the action and he will lose another 2500 points from 2016. This huge chunk consists of winning the Masters 1000 at Paris-Bercy and his first-time success at the Nitto ATP Finals in London. O2 Arena saw Murray defeating Djokovic in the final to secure the year's end world No.

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The official ranking will be updated with the points from Paris next Monday but given the inactive status of Andy Murray, it's easy to make a projection. In the like ranking, he occupies the 15th slot with a downward trend attached too. Unfortunately, with this new update, the meltdown is complete.

What the next season may bring

As one of the few players who has been a relevant ATP name for over a decade, Andy Murray is expected to make a strong comeback in 2018. But the same desire might be driving the minds of the others too as Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori or Milos Raonic have all put their aim on the next season.

Moreover, the existing dominance exercised in full by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer is another bump in the road.

All the above are good news for those not directly involved. Tennis fans have all the reasons to count the days until the next season starts. It'll be a crowded stage filled to capacity with some of tennis' greatest names trying to impose their own individual rhythm on others. That's a recipe that calls for high-quality tennis to be delivered.