While one Grand Slam champion looks doubtful for the US Open, another is planning to play. Andy Murray has stated he is mentally planning on playing the US Open next month. The tournament, which appears to be on schedule, will reportedly officially confirm its staging this Friday.
“Four or five weeks ago, we were pretty sceptical about it,” the 33-year-old Murray told the Guardian during a Battle of the Brits event.
“But mentally at some stage you need to start preparing and planning for that.
“If it wasn’t happening, my schedule for practising, my rehab, would all be a bit different. Mentally I’m planning for it to go ahead.”
Murray added that he was interested in Cincinnati as well, possibly playing even qualifying if necessary. He was scheduled for Washington before it cancelled.
“I might play qualifying in the Cincinnati Masters, or I could take a wildcard. The last time I played the week before a slam I would have been 19,” he said. “I’m not particularly keen on playing back-to-back. For a lot of the guys it’ll be five, six months, but for me it’s 10 months since I last competed properly.”
After multiple hip surgeries, Murray missed the first two months of 2020, then the virus. He hasn’t played an official match since Davis Cup last November.
“Some sports have gone back, and seem to have done pretty well – football, for example,” he said. “The issue for us is the travel. Hopefully we’re getting tested before we arrive, and once we get there. The players, the staff and everyone, we’re in this secure bubble. Everything will be fine – that is my hope.”
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