TIL Desk Sports/ Former world number one Andy Murray has announced that he would not be competing at the singles event in the upcoming U.S. Open beginning August 26. On Monday, Murray’s singles return began with his loss to Richard Gasquet of France at the Cincinnati Masters. Gasquet, the two-time champion in the U.S. Open warm-up, comfortably beat Murray 6-4, 6-4 in the first round contest.
And although he felt no major pain, Murray announced that he will not be playing singles at the U.S. Open.“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,” the ATP tour website quoted Murray as saying after the match.
“(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.”