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Murray Playing It By Ear

Andy Murray says he will see how he copes with playing competitively at the US Open before making a decision on his future plans. The Scot has not featured at a Grand Slam since losing to Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 2017.

He was forced to undergo surgery after struggling with a hip injury but after some warm-up tournaments, he feels ready to go at the US Open next week.

Murray will take on Australia’s James Duckworth on Monday but he admits his participation at Flushing Meadows could alter his plans for the rest of the year.

“Having not played a five-set match for a long time, I won’t know how my body will cope with that until I actually get there and do it,” Murray told the BBC.

“I’m sure I’ll be able to tough it out if I need to – but it might not be particularly comfortable. That’s something I will find out if I’m in that situation.

“It is important for me to go through that and see exactly where I’m at, to see how I feel after playing an extremely long match. That will inform what I do over the next few months as well, maybe show I need to adjust things building up to Australia next year.

“I’m glad to be back competing in a Slam and it’s going to be positive for me putting myself in that position again.”

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