Andy Murray ‘willing to take a risk’ at US Open as he looks to make up for lost time at Grand Slams

Andy Murray

He has missed out on the last few Grand Slams due to injury and now Andy Murray has added incentive “to take a risk to go and play” at the US Open.

The three-time Grand Slam winner has competed in the singles in only two of the last 10 Grand Slams as he underwent hip operations in early 2018 and again in January 2019.

After suffering another setback at the end of 2019 which forced him to miss this year’s Australian Open, Murray is now once again fully fit and ready to make a comeback at the majors.

Naturally he is eager to return and play at the US Open, but now the coronavirus pandemic threat is hanging over the tournament.

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However, the former world No 1 says he is willing to take risks.

“The situation I’ve been in last few years I’ve not had opportunity to play in many Slams, I don’t know how many opportunities I’ll have left to play in Slams,” he said.

“So, while I’m feeling relatively decent, obviously there is a risk there but I want to try and play in them and enjoy the biggest events again. I missed that a lot, I’ve missed it.

“I love playing the biggest events, even though this will be different with no fans but that is something I care about and willing to take a risk to go and play.”

Strict health and safety measures will be in place for the Flushing Meadows Grand Slam and there were initial reports that all players would be forced to stay at the same hotel to minimise the coronavirus threat.

However, it has since emerged that the United States Tennis Association is likely to allow players to stay in their own private accommodation.

Murray, though, does not agree with that decision.

“I was planning on staying in the hotel to be honest,” he said. “It would make more sense to me if it was on one site. I would prefer it that way, you have to hope the players staying in private houses are being responsible.”

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