Beaten Murray won't play singles at US Open

Sports | REUTERS 14 Aug 2019

Andy Murray will not play singles at the US Open after losing to Richard Gasquet at the Cincinnati Masters.

The Scot lost 6-4, 6-4 to Frenchman Gasquet in his first singles match since his return from hip surgery, then revealed he had turned down a wild card into the draw at the year's final tennis Grand Slam.

"I am not going to play US Open singles," said Murray, 32. "I didn't feel I was able to make that decision before the match."

He indicated, though, that he would play doubles and mixed doubles at Flushing Meadows in two weeks and left open the door for possibly playing before then.

In his first singles match since January, Murray started tentatively but improved as the match went on, even if he was always up against it after Gasquet broke his serve to start both sets.

"I don't really know what I was expecting, to be honest. I think I did okay," he said. "I was having to move quite a lot laterally, and I didn't move forward particularly well."

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