With all the uncertainty surrounding the return to tennis one thing that is for sure is that Andy Murray has set his sights on heading to New York but he wants matches.
Murray made strides in Washington back in 2018 on a return to singles action which saw him leave it all out there in three monumental three set marathons to defeat Kyle Edmund, Marius Copil and Mckenzie McDonald before having to withdraw from his match with De Minaur.
That option isn’t there this year as Washington was called off last week due to travel restrictions but Murray surprisingly wasn’t on the latest list before cancellation.
The plan is now to play Cincinnati which of course is going to be held at the US Open site of Flushing Meadows but he wants matches.
Murray would need a wildcard to enter the main draw of Cincinnati being ranked at 129 in the world which you wouldn’t imagine being a problem but it is understood he would prefer to via qualifying. It would make much more sense for Murray to get some game time on the tour back under his belt, he hasn’t played a run of tour matches since he won in Antwerp last October.
Murray did of course feature in the Battle of the Brits at Roehampton and made it to the semi-finals. As the week went on we saw improvement from Murray in his movement and groundstrokes which will be a positive but he will be keen to get back into action!
To get into the US Open shouldn’t be a problem for Murray. Obviously there is no qualifying and just a main draw of 128 with qualifiers. Murray’s ranking will be enough as not everyone will play. Federer and Pouille who are injured push it down more and it will be interesting to see who the lowest direct entrant is.
Murray has said the issue is the travel which makes him a bit “apprehensive” about travelling there but is now “mentally preparing” to go and play Cincinnati and New York.
Murray is prepared for it to go ahead and also if it doesn’t happen he will be ok with that:
“Hopefully the US Open can go ahead, and it’s OK. But if not, I’m also OK with that. It’s not like I’m saying it must go ahead. So long as it’s safe for the players then we need to try to get back to competing when it’s safe to do so.”