Murray opts out of US Open singles return plan
Andy Murray has decided not to play sngles at the US Open after a first-round defeat against Richard Gasquet at the Cincinnati Masters.
The former world number one was considering competing in singles at the year's final major at Flushing Meadows, which gets underway on August 26.
However, in his first competitive singles match since hip resurfacing surgery at the end of January, Murray was defeated 6-4 6-4 against his 33-year-old French opponent on Monday evening.
The Scot said he has subsequently opted against playing in the US Open because he could no longer delay his decision on whether to accept the United States Tennis Association's wild card invitation.
"We were hoping to maybe hold a wild card until a little bit closer to the time to see how I feel and get some matches hopefully and a bit of practice, " Murray said.
"[It was] a decision I made with my team. I didn't want to take a wild card today because I just didn't know how I was going to feel after a match. I felt like I wanted to be fair for me to maybe try and get a couple of matches in before making a decision like that.
"If I would have taken the wild card and then not played, then I would have been getting loads of questions about my hip and, 'Why has he turned it down? Is something wrong? What's the problem?'
"It was more likely that I was not going to [play], because although I did fine in the match today, physically, my legs felt quite heavy at the end of the match, and that's probably not going to change a whole lot in a couple of weeks."
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