Andy Murray has explained his decision to reject a wildcard for the US Open, saying it is not reflective of an injury problem as he continues to battle his way back into singles tennis.
Murray returned to the singles court this week, losing 6-4, 6-4 to Richard Gasquet in the opening round of the Cincinnati Open.
He will still play at Flushing Meadows, though, but will once again stick to the men’s and mixed doubles.
“We were hoping to maybe hold a wild card until a little bit closer to the time to see how I feel and get some matches hopefully and a bit of practice”, Murray explained.
“[It was] a decision I made with my team. I didn’t want to take a wild card today because I just didn’t know how I was going to feel after a match.
“I felt like I wanted to be fair, for me to maybe try and get a couple of matches in before making a decision like that.
“If I would have taken the wild card and then not played, then I would have been getting loads of questions about my hip and, ‘Why has he turned it down? Is something wrong? What’s the problem?’.
“It was more likely that I was not going to [play] because although I did fine in the match today, physically my legs felt quite heavy at the end of the match, and that’s probably not going to change a whole lot in a couple of weeks.”
Murray’s singles return may continue next week, though, as he ponders playing at Winston-Salem.
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