Former world No. 1 Andy Murray didn’t want to lose in the US Open first round but he was happy with the way he competed against world No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round.
Murray fought extremely well but he ultimately fell short in five sets to Tsitsipas.
“Obviously it wasn’t the outcome that I wanted but I played well. It’s good to know that that level of tennis is still there against the best players in the biggest competitions. I need to try to maintain that,” Murray said, per Tennis Majors.
Murray took wild cards into Metz, San Diego and Antwerp as he wants to play as much as possible in the rest of the year.
“I want to play as much as I can. Hopefully I win lots of matches, improve my ranking and get my body used to competing week in, week out again. I haven’t really done that for a number of years but my body is responding pretty well so far,” Murray revealed.
Murray urged not to retire
Murray hasn’t been the same player after undergoing two major hip surgeries.
However, former British No. 1 Tim Henman believes Murray should play as long as he wants to.
“If you had a graph of his tennis over the last few months, the Andy Murray of today beats the player who played in the first round at Queen’s back in June quite easily,” Henman told Kevin Palmer while working for Prime Video.
“He has clearly made progress. You can see that the little tournament play he has had and staying relatively injury-free gives him a chance to make progress and compete.
“So he should play for as long as he wants. There is plenty of time to be retired, so he doesn’t need to listen to people telling him to retire.
“He has earned the right to decide when that decision comes.”