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Murray to make call after North Carolina outing

17th August 2019, 12:55 by Bobbie Jackson

Andy Murray wants to use the Winston-Salem Open to regain some form on the singles court before committing to any further tournaments.

The Scot takes on American Tennys Sandgren at the ATP event in North Carolina after exiting the doubles at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

He played alongside Feliciano Lopez but after a couple of impressive wins they were sent packing by his brother Jamie and Neal Skupski.

Murray, who underwent hip surgery in January, says he is done with doubles for the time being and wants to focus on building up his fitness and hopefully momentum on the singles court.

"Because I want matches, and that's what I need right now," said Murray.

"It doesn't feel like I need to play the main draw of every single tour event. I've hardly played the last couple of years and, having discussed with my team, after this week I think doubles is done for me for the time being.

"I need to focus my mind on getting matches on the singles court. There aren't many tournaments between now and the end of the year."

Murray has entered the Zhuhai Championships and China Open in September, but is unsure on his immediate plans after the Winston-Salem Open.

The three-time Grand Slam winner could enter a Challenger Tour event and the tournament at New Haven, which takes place during the second week of the US Open, could be an option but Murray wants to see how he performs at thee Winston-Salem Open before deciding on his next move.

"It depends how Winston-Salem goes," he added.

"The feeling I have had since my singles [his first for seven months, against Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati] was that I played decent, but that physically between now and the end of the year I want to get matches in so that for the beginning of next year, I'm feeling ready.

"So if I do well in Winston-Salem, I'll know my level is good enough and I'm ready to win matches at tour level, but if not it makes sense to drop down a level and maybe play some smaller tournaments."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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