Former US Open champion Andy Murray has said he is feeling “more positive” about playing in future Grand Slam tournaments following his performances at Flushing Meadows this summer, despite being unsatisfied with his overall level of tennis.
Murray, who won the title in 2012, fell in straight sets to 15th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round of the tournament last night, having saved a match point to beat Yoshihito Nishioka in a thrilling opening round contest in New York. Despite his second round loss, the former world number one took encouragement from what he had achieved over the past few days.
“I would say I'm more positive about what I could do in Grand Slams than I was before I came over here,” said Murray following his first US Open campaign since 2018. “I'm more positive now than what I was a couple of months ago, that's for sure.”
“You know, in terms of winning Grand Slams again, that's going to be extremely difficult to do. It was hard enough when I had two normal hips. So it will be difficult, but I'll keep trying, like, why not? Why shouldn't I try my hardest to do that? And if I don't, that's all right. But I might as well shoot for the stars. And if I don't -- yeah, if I don't get there, then that's all right. But I'm trying my best to get the most out of what my body gives me now.”
A three-time Grand Slam champion, Murray looked all set to retire following an opening round defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open last season. This was the first time that he had played singles matches at a Grand Slam then, and he certainly noted that there was room for improvement in his game.
“I wasn't that happy with how I played in the matches over here, to be honest. I would have liked to have played better tennis,” commented Murray, adding, “I wasn't that happy with how I played in the matches over here, to be honest. I would have liked to have played better tennis.”
Murray will likely next be in action at the French Open, having ruled out playing at the Masters 1000 event in Rome due to the quick turnaround between the US Open and that event. If he does not make the draw as a direct entrant, it is incredibly likely that he will receive a wildcard into the event which starts at the end of this month.