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Andy Murray to skip US Open doubles to focus on singles

ATP Cincinnati Murray brothers set to clash in doubles quarterfinal Andy Murray to skip US Open doubles to focus on singles
Cary Erickson | 18 August, 2019, 09:58

The 2012 champion had meant to play doubles in NY, but says "doubles is done for me for the time being".

Murray, who reached the doubles quarter-finals with his partner Feliciano Lopez at the Cincinnati Open, told the BBC that he would play no part in next month's US Open in order to focus on his singles game.

"The US Open, doubles and mixed, can be another couple of weeks that you are slowing things down".

Jamie Murray and Skupski will now take on Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek in the semi-finals today. Fellow Brit Dan Evans is seeded fifth and in the opposite half of the draw.

"Because I want matches, and that's what I need right now", Murray explained.

Since Murray's body can not sustain a best-of-set match at the moment, a few days ago, he withdrew from the singles category of US Open 2019. "I want to get myself back on the singles court and keep testing myself", he said on Thursday. "There aren't many tournaments between now and the end of the year".

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Murray, who won the tournament in 2012, said his focus would now fall squarely on the singles discipline after making several doubles and mixed doubles outings on his road to recovery from hip surgery, including appearing alongside Serena Williams at Wimbledon.

Murray regarded Winston-Salem as a chance of reviewing his performance and then he will decide what to do next accordingly. The focus for the Briton is on getting as many matches before recharging batteries for the next year.

If he doesn't do well next week, he said he'll consider dropping down to the Challenger level to get more matches.

And to continue his recovery the former world No 1 is considering entering Challenger events during the US Open. The field there should be very strong, as many who lose in the first week in NY will choose to compete.

And the 32-year-old now feels ready to do all the running himself by returning to the court in the singles.

The Shanghai Masters in the following week is another option, after which Murray says he hopes to play "three or four events" indoors in Europe before the year is out.