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