Andy Murray rejects chance to play in US Open singles, but insists comeback remains on track
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.
Montreal draw: Daniil Medvedev set for nightmare opener against Nick Kyrgios
Taylor Fritz faces Andy Murray in one of the highlights of the first round.
Los Cabos: Cameron Norrie eye on third ATP Tour title of 2022
The British number one battled to a 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory in the semi-finals.
Citi Open: Nick Kyrgios marches on as Dan Evans is upset
Nick Kyrgios is chasing a repeat of 2019 and a first title since his last DC Triumph.
Toronto draw: Stacked top quarter could be seeds graveyard
The Toronto Masters has no soft paths to glory.
Citi Open: Emma Raducanu falls to Liudmila Samsonova
Fellow Brit Dan Evans also went down in Washington.
Exclusive – Former British No 1 with an upbeat verdict on Emma Raducanu
Durie has backed the young Brit to find her form if she can steer clear of injuries.
Exclusive – Former British No 1 on whether Novak Djokovic should play at the US Open
Jo Durie believes it will be a ‘real shame’ if Novak Djokovic cannot play at the US Open.
Naomi Osaka lauds Coco Gauff as a star on and off the court
Coco Gauff is already a big star according to Naomi Osaka.