‘If I’m ready, I’ll play the Cincinnati Masters singles,’ says Andy Murray after doubles defeat

Andy Murray and Jamie Murray

Andy Murray was cautious about his potential return to singles competition after he and brother Jamie were defeated in the Citi Open doubles.

The British duo lost to New Zealand’s Michael Venus and South African Raven Klaasen 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (8-6), 10-7 in Washington, but the focus was once again on Andy Murray’s fitness.

“I feel fine, just disappointed,” Murray said after the defeat. “Practices have been fine.”

Murray has previously teased he is close to a singles return, with the Cincinnati Masters on August 12 a genuine target for a potential return before the US Open.

He, though, is unwilling to commit to that quite yet, adding: “[I will] just keep pressing next 10 days.

“If I feel ready, I’ll give it a go. If not, I’ll probably wait until after New York.”

One tournament Murray appears to have ruled out is Winston-Salem, which takes place the week before the US Open.

“I don’t see the point of it necessarily,” Murray said.

“I’ve never competed the week before a Slam. If I’m not ready five or six days beforehand I’ll give it a miss.”

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