Mur­ray ready to take ‘risk’ of play­ing in New York af­ter dou­bles boost

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Andy Mur­ray re­mains de­ter­mined to com­pete at the US Open this month de­spite sev­eral other lead­ing play­ers ex­press­ing their doubts about the event amid the Covid-19 pan­demic.

Mur­ray, who has been ham­pered sig­nif­i­cantly by in­juries since 2017, ex­plained that he was pre­pared to take the risk hav­ing missed so much ten­nis.

“The sit­u­a­tion I’ve been in last few years I’ve not had the op­por­tu­nity to play in many slams and I don’t know how many op­por­tu­ni­ties I’ll have left to play in slams,” he said. “So, while I’m feel­ing rel­a­tively de­cent, there is a risk there but I want to try and play in them and en­joy the big­gest events again. I missed that a lot, I’ve missed it. I love play­ing the big­gest events, even though this will be dif­fer­ent with no fans, but that is some­thing I care about and am will­ing to take a risk to go and play.”

Mur­ray was speak­ing af­ter the Bat­tle of the Brits in Roe­hamp­ton, where Joe Sal­is­bury and Har­riet Dart clinched vic­tory for their team by de­feat­ing Jamie Mur­ray and Heather Wat­son in a win­ner-takes

all de­cider on a thrilling fi­nal day. Sal­is­bury and Dart tri­umphed 6-4, 6-2 to seal over­all tri­umph for the Bri­tish Bull­dogs.

Andy Mur­ray and Naomi Broady, rep­re­sent­ing the Union Jacks, had set up the de­cid­ing rub­ber by win­ning the penul­ti­mate match of the week-long tour­na­ment.

They de­feated Kyle Ed­mund and Emma Ra­d­u­canu in the mixed dou­bles 6-3, 7-6. Mur­ray, the three-time grand slam cham­pion, only in dou­bles ac­tion last week, had also won twice along­side Lloyd Glasspool, against Dom In­glot and Alas­tair Gray and then Ed­mund and Joe Sal­is­bury. Mur­ray said: “We re­turned re­ally well and Naomi was un­be­liev­ably solid up at the net. She cleaned up a lot of high balls. I feel we de­served to win that match. We played bet­ter, we had the chance to close it out and at 6-3, 5-4 we didn’t get it, but it is a good one to get through.”

Ear­lier yes­ter­day, world No 44 Ed­mund beat Jan Choin­ski 6-2, 6-1. Ed­mund, who broke Choin­ski four times and made just eight un­forced er­rors, will now pre­pare for the US Open. “I want to get on the road again. The tour­na­ments are sched­uled, so I hope that it stays that way and we can play some com­pet­i­tive ten­nis,” Ed­mund said.

“This week has been nice as it’s prob­a­bly the first time in a long time I’ve ac­tu­ally played some matches out­doors since Aca­pulco [the Mexican Open in late Fe­bru­ary]. I feel like each day I’ve slowly im­proved, so that has been re­ally good. It’s dif­fer­ent con­di­tions out in Amer­ica, of course, but it’s nice to just get on the match court re­ally.”

Also yes­ter­day, Dan Evans beat Aidan McHugh 7-5, 6-2 and Heather Wat­son saw off Beth Grey 6-0, 6-2.

High points: Andy Mur­ray wins with Naomi Broady (left), be­fore Joe Sal­is­bury and Har­riet Dart seal over­all vic­tory; Mur­ray (right) helps out on court

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