Following his defeat to Richard Gasquet on his singles return in Cincinnati the Brit announced that he would not be playing singles in New York.
He had hoped to hold onto a wildcard for a little longer to make a decision but the USTA had set an announcement date. Due to this Andy had confirmed that he will play doubles and mixed doubles at Flushing Meadows.
He admitted himself he thought about a qualifying wildcard too late to be added to the draw there which is played on a best of three sets basis.
Thursday night saw Andy and Feliciano Lopez come from a set down to see off Jack Sock and Ryan Harrison in three sets and following the match Andy confirmed a change of plan.
Cincinnati will be his last doubles for now as he focuses on his singles comeback with the Brit saying;
“Doubles is done for me for the time being”
Murray has been given a wildcard into the main draw of Winston-Salem next week where Kevin Anderson leads the draw. If Andy had lost on Thursday in Cincinnati he would have taken a qualifying wildcard as he wants matches.
The plan from now is singles but where?
19th August – Winston Salem – ATP 250
2nd September – New Haven challenger (rumoured) – ATP Challenger
16th September – Glasgow Trophy challenger – ATP Challenger
23rd September – Zhuhai – ATP 250
30th September – China Open – ATP 500
That is what is likely, the only maybe is New Haven challenger. No news yet on what happens after China Open. Week after is Shanghai Masters so he could hang around for that depending on how he feels.
Following that at the end of October if he were to play he might choose Vienna (ATP 500) before finishing his season at the Paris Masters.
Is skipping New York the right decision?
I think so. He’s done a lot in doubles and will be pleased with his level in his 4-6 4-6 defeat to Gasquet on his return. Doubles has served him well in getting some early wins and match play but the key has to be preparation for singles and more matches.