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US Open: Andy Murray will not play at Flushing Meadows

By Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent in Cincinnati

Murray performed his first singles match since profession-saving hip surgical treatment in January – a 6-4 6-4 loss to France’s Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati

Used world no 1 Andy Murray says he’ll play no section on this month’s US Originate.

The 2012 champion had meant to play doubles in New York, however says “doubles is done for me for the time being”.

As an different, he’ll play singles at next week’s ATP event in Winston-Salem, earlier than pondering getting into a tournament on the Challenger Tour in some unspecified time in the future of the US Originate.

“I’m no longer going to play doubles at the US Originate,” Murray informed BBC Sport.

“My purpose is to come again playing at the extent that I desire to on the singles court, and I’ve determined that I possess to point of interest all my energies on that in an instant,” Murray added after he and Feliciano Lopez reached the doubles quarter-finals in Cincinnati.

“The US Originate, doubles and mixed, can even be yet every other couple of weeks that you just would maybe presumably be slowing things down.”

Murray has taken the final wildcard for next week’s event in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He’s going to be part of Kevin Anderson, Denis Shapovalov, Tomas Berdych and Britain’s Dan Evans in the blueprint.

Many of the self-discipline are exterior the sphere’s top 50, and a few are exterior the tip 100, however Murray says he would possess entered the qualifying event had he lost Thursday’s doubles match in Cincinnati.

“Because I desire fits, and that’s the rationale what I’d like in an instant,” acknowledged Murray, who had profession-saving hip surgical treatment in January.

“It would now not in actual fact feel adore I possess to play the most most crucial blueprint of every single tour event. I’ve hardly performed the last couple of years and, having discussed with my staff, after this week I reflect doubles is done for me for the time being.

“I possess to point of interest my mind on getting fits on the singles court. There ought to now not many tournaments between now and the discontinuance of the one year.”

Once his week in Winston-Salem comes to an discontinuance, Murray will procure whether to play a Challenger event in some unspecified time in the future of the US Originate, which starts on 26 August.

“It relies upon how Winston-Salem goes,” he acknowledged.

“The feeling I possess had since my singles [his first for seven months, against Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati] became once that I performed first rate, however that bodily between now and the discontinuance of the one year I desire to procure fits in so that for the beginning of next one year, I’m feeling ready.

“So if I attain successfully in Winston-Salem, I’ll know my level is correct enough and I’m ready to blueprint conclude fits at tour level, however if no longer it makes sense to drop down a level and presumably play some smaller tournaments.”

The glaring event for Murray to enter would possibly maybe be the Challenger in New Haven in the 2d week of the US Originate. The self-discipline there needs to be very strong, as many who lose in the first week in New York will procure to compete.

Murray’s other risk is to return to the be aware court, however given the amount of coaching and rehab he has done in some unspecified time in the future of the last couple of years, he says that isn’t any longer a in particular luminous proposition.

Against the discontinuance of September Murray will head to China, where he’s attributable to play in Zhuhai and Beijing.

The Shanghai Masters in the following week is yet every other risk, after which Murray says he hopes to play “three or four events” indoors in Europe earlier than the one year is out.

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August 16, 2019