Andy’s warming up for the US Open…

Due to his lack of play over the past few months, Andy Murray will need to get in as much playing time as possible if he has any chance of getting through the US Open on August 27th.

As luck would have it, Murray asked for and received a wildcard into the Pilot Pen ATP Tour event in New Haven, Connecticut 17th to 25th August.  His addition to this event means that four of the worlds top 13 players will be playing there: Murray will be playing alongside Nikolai Davydenko, the defending champion, James Blake and Tommy Robredo.

Murray says on the subject of the wildcard, “Having missed more than two months of competition I thought it would be a good idea to play another tournament before the US Open and Pilot Pen at Yale is the perfect opportunity to do so.”

The Pilot Pen Tennis tournament director Anne Worcester said “Andy Murray is only 20, but he has already made a huge impression on the tour.”  She doesn’t normally give wildcards out very easily but stated that they made an exception for Andy since he is “member of this elite gang of youngsters, like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who are poised to take over the game.”

This week Murray was supposed to play in the Legg Mason tournament this week, but had to pull out due to his wrist injury.  Instead he plans to make his comeback to the ATP tour at the Canada Masters in Montreal which starts on Monday the 6th August.  He will then play in the New Haven event in the lead up to the US Open, the third grand slam of the year.

Let’s hope the next few weeks go well for Britains top tennis player.