Greek is no gift to Andy Murray in US Open after draw produces unenviable confrontation with Stefanos Tsitsipas
- Andy Murray may have hoped for a US Open first round breakthrough
- Instead, the draw resulted in a meeting with third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas
- Tsitsipas made a tame first-round exit at Wimbledon, but is in better shape now
After a difficult year, Andy Murray may have been hoping for a US Open first round breakthrough – perhaps a wildcard outsider or a low qualifier.
Instead, Thursday night’s reveal of the draw brought the 2012 US Open champion paired with third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas, one of the few players who could stop Novak Djokovic’s march.
The Greek may not be too happy with his opponent, whom he has never met. But in the end it probably thwarts any hope Murray would have of building momentum at the end of another interrupted season.
Andy Murray has landed a tough US Open draw against third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas
Two weeks after reaching the final of the French Open, Tsitsipas, 23, had a tame first round of Wimbledon but will be in better shape for the challenge.
He has made it to the semi-finals in his last two Masters events and is once again starting to look like the best all-round young talent in the men’s game.
Murray, 34, still struggling to improve his position from the humble 114, has little to lose.
Great Britain has two seeded players in Cam Norrie and Dan Evans. Norrie, who has been a consistent performer this year, will face 18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in the opener.
Tsitsipas made a tame first-round exit at Wimbledon, but will be in better shape at the US Open
In the three Grand Slams this year, he lost twice to Rafael Nadal and then to Roger Federer at Wimbledon. Norrie will be another who believes he needs a break.
Evans will face Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro in a draw denied by many of the sport’s biggest names. Nadal, Federer, the Williams sisters and defending champion Dominic Thiem are all absent due to long-term injuries.
Meanwhile, Emma Raducanu showed impressive resilience on Thursday night as she advanced to the final US Open qualifying round.
The Kent teenager survived the stifling temperatures in New York and an unorthodox left-handed opponent in Georgia’s Mariam Bolkvadze to win 6-3, 7-5.
But there were qualifying defeats for compatriots Francesca Jones and Samantha Murray Sharan.