After two successive disappointing tournaments since his return to competition, Andy Murray has withdrawn from this week’s US Open ‘warm up’ event in New Haven, Connecticut. He made the decision to fly home to London to spend some recuperation with his girlfriend, Kim Sears.
Murray will have an uphill struggle if he wants to get through the initial stages of the US Open which starts next Monday, on the 27th August. And it’s not just his body that will be struggling. Andy’s more difficult task will be getting his head around the fact that he has been defeated very early in the only 2 tournaments he has played since his return to competition. He feels that his chances of being prepared for the challenge of US Open will be improved by spending some time with Kim and a few days away from the tournament scene.
His manager, Patricio Apey, expects Andy to fly back to the states on Wednesday when he will make his final decision on whether to enter the US Open.
Davis Cup captain John Lloyd thinks that Andy can overcome his injury and be ready for the world group playoffs again Croatia next month. Although we don’t know who will be in either team yet, it is hoped that Jamie Murray, Andy Murray and Tim Henman will play. It is expected that both Ivan Ljubicic and Mario Ancic will play in the Croatian team.