Andy Murray was frank today when meeting the press during a special gathering on the new Louis Armstrong court, admitting that he didn’t think he could win the US Open this year.
“The last 10 or 11 years of my life I’ve dedicated all my training and off-seasons and stuff to prepare to perform well in these events,” said Murray who won the US Open in 2012. “Missing them is hard, and also coming back to them is great.
“It feels slightly different this one because for the last 10 years or so I’ve been coming and trying to prepare to win the event, whereas I don’t feel like that’s realistic for me this year. It’s a slightly different mentality. That feels a bit odd.”
Murray, who opens play Monday against Australian James Duckworth, says he’s feeling and playing better, so the trend has been up since hip surgery in January.
“My body feels better than it did a few weeks ago, so that’s positive,” Murray said. ‘Just being around these players and practicing with them more and more on a more consistent basis is going to help me improve.
“My expectation is to give my best effort in the matches. Hopefully if I do that, my tennis will get better. It’s kind of difficult to predict how you’re going to do and say how far you’re going to go in the event.
“My tennis is getting better all the time. I just need to be on the court more consistently through until the end of the year.”
The 31-year-old Murray hasn’t played a best-of-5 set match since Wimbledon last year.
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