Andy Murray; NTC & Svitolina 🎾 Free hit? πŸ€” Washington ✈️ Toronto πŸ›¬ Cincinnati πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ New York πŸ—½

Following his withdrawal from Wimbledon all eyes are on New York which is about 6 weeks away so what to expect from now until then from Andy Murray?

NTC & Svitolina

Andy was spotted at the national tennis centre in London this week and also playing there was Elina Svitolina who does reside a lot in London and the two practiced together.

Free hit?

Second half of the season is a free hit, there are no points to defend and it should be used as a chance to build up match momentum and any other positives will be a bonus but the real push should come in January.

Washington

Andy did sign up to the ATP 500 event in Washington a while back and is still down to play there in the lead up to New York. It isn’t known when Andy will head out to America however I fully expect him not to take part in Davis Cup.

Toronto

Following Washington the plan will be to head west to Toronto for the Rogers Cup where the hard courts are testing and will be the first big test ahead of US Open.

Cincinnati

There is nothing confirmed and he isn’t on entry lists for Cincinnati which is odd. It means he won’t use protected ranking but can still be offered a wildcard.

I do think it will be a last minute decision on Cincinnati depending on how he does in Toronto and doesn’t want to burn himself out.

New York

A return to Flushing Meadows to compete is the target. Andy will be on site a week before but if he doesn’t do Cincinnati I expect he will arrive early.

It’s great to see Andy back but I don’t expect him to pull up trees in New York as he hasn’t played best of five since Wimbledon last year and these conditions can be tough in New York.

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Andy Murray the latest to withdraw from US Open

Andy Murray has become the latest high profile name to withdraw from the US Open. Andy has been suffering from a hip injury since his match against Stan Wawrinka at Roland Garros and still hasn’t recovered despite rest and seeing a number of specialist.

Just over a week ago it was confirmed by Jamie Delgado on Twitter that Team Murray were on their way to Flushing Meadows and have been training at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center but Murray said the hip is sore and isn’t good enough for him to win the competition which is the main goal.

Andy joins Novak, Stan, Milos and Kei as having withdrawn from the final major of the year.

It is unknown as yet what Murray’s plan for the rest of 2017 is but I’d be surprised if he does play again this year.

AM 67

Five years on from that night in New York…

A phrase I will never forget, ”history is made at the US Open” those words at that time Novak Djokovic hit that forehand long is a moment I will never forget.

Mark Petchey a former coach of Andy Murray said those words and he went onto say how he fought and sacrificed for this moment the first male grand slam winner for 76 years. History.

The pressure was incredible on him and going two sets up relieves pressure for a while but then in a 5th set it’s more intense than anyone could imagine whether you were aiming for your first or fourteenth title the pressure is there.

The raw emotion of that match probably has to go down as one of the best moments in British sporting history and of course two years later wins Wimbledon.

2017 celebrates 5 years of that night in New York under the lights which propelled him to so much more and who knows what will happen next?

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ATP A&E

The last major of the year approaches. On the men’s side of the draw it is looking an episode of casualty. The injuries keep on pilling up and speculation grows day by day on who will be taking part at Flushing Meadows.

Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka who both participated in last year’s final will not feature again this season and it is looking unlikely that Andy Murray will be taking part. The Brit has been suffering from a hip issue for quite some time which was evident in his loss at Wimbledon and since then has recently pulled out of Rogers Cup this week and just pulled out of Cincinnati next week.

There are also concerns over Nick Kyrgios who didn’t seem to be moving well in his defeat to Alex Zverev in Montreal last night as well as Cilic and Berdych but all are down to play next week in Cincinnati.

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