Murray misplaced his first-round match towards Richard Gasquet on the Western & Southern Open 6-Four 6-Four, ending a seven-month absence from singles tennis.
After the match, the three-time grand slam winner admitted that he had wanted extra time to think about enjoying singles on the ultimate main of the 12 months, which begins in New York later this month, however was unable to delay his choice to just accept a wild card supplied by america Tennis Affiliation.
“We have been hoping to perhaps maintain a wild card till a little bit bit nearer to the time to see how I really feel and get some matches hopefully and a little bit of follow,” the 32-year-old instructed reporters.
“I did not need to take a wild card as we speak [Monday] as a result of I simply did not know the way I used to be going to really feel after a match. I felt like I needed to be truthful for me to perhaps attempt to get a few matches in earlier than making a call like that.”
An uphill battle
“I believe I did okay. I believe there was a whole lot of issues I want to have performed higher within the match, however you additionally should be considerably sensible, as properly, by way of what you possibly can count on by way of the way you really play and hit the ball,” the Briton mentioned.
“Richard, he makes use of all the angles on the court docket. He is among the finest at doing that. So I used to be having to maneuver rather a lot laterally, and I did not transfer ahead significantly properly.
“When he drop-shotted, there was a couple of occasions I did not even run to the ball, did not react to it, and that is nothing to do with my hip.
“That is simply me not working for a ball, which I did do this higher on the finish of the match. I reacted and acquired to some and gained factors.”
Nonetheless taking part
The previous world No.1 has added two ATP singles occasions in China to his schedule — the inaugural Zhuhai Championships and the Beijing Open — with the previous beginning in late September.
He has been competing in doubles and blended doubles since getting back from hip surgical procedure this summer time, marking his return to tennis by successful the doubles within the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s Membership in June with Feliciano Lopez.
The Scot was partnered by Pierre-Hugues Herbert at Wimbledon within the doubles whereas he performed with Serena Williams — dubbed ‘SerAndy’ — within the blended doubles.
The 2012 US Open champion confirmed his intentions to play doubles and blended doubles in Flushing Meadows, which begins on 26 August.