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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.