Friday, 20 September, 2019

Andy Murray to skip US Open doubles to focus on singles

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The Scot lost 6-4 6-4 to Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati on Monday in his first singles match since January and later said he would not accept a wild card for the men's draw at the US Open, the year's final Grand Slam.

Murray said that after playing doubles last week in Montreal and here in the USA, he's keen to return to his former life as a top singles player.

The three-time Grand Slam champion has been playing plenty of doubles - he won the Queen's title with Feliciano Lopez on his return to the circuit in June - but said he had made a decision to give it a miss at the US Open which gets underway on August 26.

"I'm not going to play doubles at the US Open", Murray explained.

Murray underwent hip resurfacing surgery earlier this year to cure a career-threatening injury and eased himself back into things by competing in doubles events.

Murray, who reached the doubles quarter-finals with his partner Feliciano Lopez at the Cincinnati Open, told the BBC that he would play no part in next month's US Open in order to focus on his singles game. "The feeling I have had since my singles were that I played decently, but that physically between now and the end of the year I want to get matches in so that for the beginning of next year, I'm feeling ready".

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No one can be sure how successful the 32-year-old will be in his latest singles return, but he will have to swap Flushing Meadows for a Challenger event in New Haven during the second week of the US Open - or for the practice court. "The atmosphere kind of felt a bit flat on the court which I think is in some ways normal in those sorts of matches", Andy Murray said about the match.

"I need to focus my mind on getting matches on the singles court".

The US Open begins on August 26.

Murray regarded Winston-Salem as a chance of reviewing his performance and then he will decide what to do next accordingly.

The Shanghai Masters in the following week is another option, after which Murray says he hopes to play "three or four events" indoors in Europe before the end of the year.

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