Andy Murray, the 36-year-old, was given a challenging draw in Ohio, where his first round will be against 11th seed Karen Khachanov.
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Andy Murray’s US Open 2023 Participation Uncertain Amid Injury Concerns
Andy last week raised doubts about his participation in the US Open 2023 when he abruptly ended his encounter against Jannik Sinner shortly before the start of their Canadian Open round of 16 match. Murray withdrew from the match because of an abdominal ailment. But on Sunday, the 2012 US Open champion revealed a serious injury while being seen working out at Cincinnati Masters.
Andy had his best performance since 2017 in a Masters 1000 competition as he recorded two solid victories. Murray, however, suffered a major blow that forced him to quit from the round of 16 match just as he was hoping to advance to his first Masters 1000 quarterfinal in seven years. Later, as he exited Center Court, he apologized to the crowd and thanked them for their support throughout the course of his career.
Murray Draws Parallels to Previous Injury, Expresses Caution on Recovery
Andy said that the injury was similar to one he sustained in the Stuttgart final the previous year, which prevented him from competing in the Queen’s tournament and left him with little time to prepare for Wimbledon. “Last year, at the event in Stuttgart before Wimbledon, I had a very similar problem that required me to skip the Queen’s Club competition, but I was still able to compete at Wimbledon. After my withdrawal, it took me approximately 10 to 12 days to feel decent again,” he stated.
“This isn’t as awful as that, but the risk of competing and playing on it is that you’ll make it worse. I’ll have to wait and watch how it progresses over the next several days before hoping to recover. Really, I’m sorry. I’m grateful.
Murray Returns to Court with Hopes for Cincinnati Masters Campaign
Murray, though, made his way back to the court on Sunday after displaying promising indications in his warm-up match against Mackenzie McDonald at the Cincinnati Masters.
The 11th seed Karen Khachanov will be the opponent for the 36-year-old in his first match in Ohio. Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas will be his opponents in the third and fourth rounds, respectively. Murray might go closer to securing a seed for the fourth and final Slam of the year if he puts on another strong performance at the tournament that he has won twice in his career.