Former world No. 1 Andy” murray> has withdrawn from the US Open doubles as he wants to fully focus on his singles comeback two months after returning to action following a hip resurfacing surgery. Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, returned to singles action at this week’s Cincinnati Masters — where he suffered a straight-set loss 6-4 6-4 at the hands of France’s Richard Gasquet.
Following a doubles round-of-16 win with Feliciano Lopez in Cincinnati, Murray announced that he has taken a singles wildcard into next week’s Winston-Salem Open — where he is set for a debut appearance. “I’m not going to play doubles at the US Open,” Murray told BBC Sport after his doubles win in Cincinnati.
“My goal is to get back playing at the level that I want to on the singles court, and I’ve decided that I need to focus all my energies on that right now. “The US Open, doubles and mixed, can be another couple of weeks that you are slowing things down.”
The 32-year-old Briton also revealed he may opt to play a Challenger event during the US Open but that depends on how his campaign in Winston-Salem goes.