Andy Murray rules out playing singles at US Open after comeback at Cincinnati Masters

Murray made his long-awaited return to competitive singles action at the Cincinnati Masters on Monday night.

The world No 326 was drawn to face old foe Richard Gasquet, and the Frenchman proved too much for Murray.

He lost in straight sets, but showed promising signs that more is to come.

The question on everybody’s lips was whether the 32-year-old felt ready to be able to compete in five-set matches at the US Open.

But Murray soon answered that question as he announced he would not be making his return to singles action at the Grand Slam.

Instead, the Briton plans to play in both the doubles and mixed doubles, just as he did at Wimbledon last month.

However, Murray did go on to say he could continue his singles comeback at the Winston-Salem Open next week.

The three-time Grand Slam champion left it late at Wimbledon to find a mixed doubles partner, but eventually wound up with Serena Williams.

The legendary duo certainly enjoyed their time on court together and perhaps would be something the two could explore again at Flushing Meadows.

In terms of who Murray could pair up with in the men’s doubles, he has the most experience playing alongside Feliciano Lopez and the two are in action again this week in Cincinnati.

However, the Spaniard ruled himself out of playing doubles at Wimbledon, meaning Murray partnered Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Murray also partnered brother Jamie Murray at the Citi Open two weeks ago.

It’s been a long road to recovery for the Scot having battled injury problems over the past few years.

He broke down in tears at the 2019 Australian Open, suggesting he may have to quit the sport.

But following a successful operation on his hip, Murray has been left pain free and is aiming to resurrect his career.

He has repeatedly urged patience on expectations for his singles career as he fights back to full fitness, and will now likely target a Grand Slam return at the Australian Open next year.

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