After first-round loss in Cincinnati...

Murray’s big call as he rules out playing singles at US Open

Andy Murray in Cincinnati

Andy Murray filmed his return to singles action

Andy Murray has ruled out competing in the men’s singles at the US Open in New York later this month.

The former world No. 1 announced his decision after losing in straight sets to Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati in his first singles match since career-saving hip surgery in January.

A wildcard invite to Flushing Meadows was on the table for the three-time Grand Slam winner but the 32-year-old said he wasn’t in a position to take it up.

Speaking after his 6-4 6-4 loss to the Frenchman, Murray said: “We were hoping to hold a wildcard until nearer the time and see how it feels. 

“But the US Open were announcing their wildcards today and I didn’t feel I was able to make that decision before today’s match. 

“I didn’t want to take the wildcard today because I didn’t know how I would feel after the match. 

I didn’t want to take the wildcard today because I didn’t know how I would feel after the match.

– Andy Murray

“I also wanted to maybe wait and see how I felt after maybe playing a couple of matches and how I recover the next day.” 

Murray, who filmed his entrance to the court in Cincinatti on his phone, last played a singles match in the Australian Open on 14 January. 

He has slowly returned to competitive action this summer, playing in a handful of doubles tournaments.

He showed understandable rustiness against Gasquet but declared himself satisfied despite the defeat. 

“I think I did okay,” he said. “I think there were a lot of things I would like to have done better in the match, but you also have to be somewhat realistic, in terms of what you can expect. 

“I was having to move quite a lot laterally, and I didn’t move forward particularly well. Like when he drop-shotted, there was a few times I didn’t even run to the ball, didn’t react to it, and that’s nothing to do with my hip. That’s just me not running for a ball, which I did do that better at the end of the match.” 

While the singles may be off the agenda in New York, Murray has intimated he will play in both the doubles and mixed doubles.  

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