Andy Murray admits to rustiness forward of ATP return

New York, August 22

Andy Murray says he is feeling off the tempo for his return to the ATP Tour this weekend however is hoping to hit his stride forward of the US Open, which begins on August 31.

Murray, 33, will face Frances Tiafoe within the opening spherical of the Western & Southern Open, which started this week in New York and serves as a warm-up occasion for gamers forward of the US Open.

The Briton, a three-time tennis Grand Slam winner, has not performed competitively since November as a result of hip issues however took half in exhibition occasions not too long ago with the skilled circuit shut.

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“I’m looking forward to be back competing. I’ve really enjoyed the last few days just practising with top players,” he mentioned in feedback on the ATP web site.

“I’ve been practising with Dominic Thiem, Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov. Those guys do not maintain again. It’s a little bit of a unique velocity to what I’ve been used to. I felt just a little off the tempo however I’m feeling fairly good on court docket when it comes to my hip,” he mentioned.

“That was really all I wanted. I wanted to get to the US Open feeling pretty pain-free so that I could enjoy playing in a Grand Slam again.”

The US Open will happen with out followers to curb the unfold of the novel coronavirus, and Murray is anticipating just a few upsets.

“It’s just going to be different playing in front of no fans. I kind of felt that a little bit yesterday. It’s nice walking through to practice not getting stopped, but then the atmosphere is just not the same without the people,” he mentioned. Reuters

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