Murray won’t play US Open singles after loss on return

Ross Houston
August 13, 2019

The comeback, however, didn't have a happy ending as Murray was handed a 4-6 4-6 defeat at the hands of French veteran Richard Gasquet in the first round of the Masters 1000 event.

"I didn't want to take a wild card today [Monday] because I just didn't know how I was going to feel after a match".

"But I'll maybe play Winston Salem potentially".

Former world No.1 Murray was broken in the opening game of the match and found himself within a point of a 3-0 deficit.

After the match, the three-time grand slam victor admitted that he had needed more time to consider playing singles at the final major of the year, which starts in NY later this month, but was unable to delay his decision to accept a wild card offered by the United States Tennis Association.

"I don't know who I'm going to play doubles or mixed with there".

"I think physically my legs were a little bit heavy at the end of the match in comparison to maybe what they normally would be if you played a bunch".

Murray could potentially enter the singles at next week's Winston-Salem Open, but plans to play men's doubles and mixed doubles at the US Open, which starts on August 26.

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"I was having to move quite a lot laterally, and I didn't move forward particularly well".

Monday's match was Murray's first since the 2019 Australian Open, weeks before his surgery. When Richard drop-shotted me, there were a few times I didn't even run to the ball, didn't react to it.

A focused Nick Kyrgios later defeated Italy's Lorenzo Sonego 7-6 6-4 in their first-round duel under the lights.

"I'm not going to play the US Open singles", he confirmed, adding that US Open organizers had wanted to know by Monday if he was interested in a wild card invitation.

World number two Rafa Nadal, the second seed, withdrew overnight, citing fatigue after winning his fifth Rogers Cup title on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Johanna Konta was dumped out of the women's draw by Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson in a hard-fought encounter.

In the women's draw, five-time Grand Slam victor Maria Sharapova moved on to a second-round matchup with top-seeded Ashleigh Barty by knocking off fellow wild card Alison Riske 6-3, 7-6 (4).

Marin Cilic, the men's 14th seed, was beaten by 39th-ranked Radu Albot 6-4, 7-6 (6).

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