Andy Murray rules out playing singles at US Open after first singles match since January ends in straight-sets defeat by Richard Gasquet
- Murray’s return to singles action proved as testing as expected on Monday
- The former world No 1 made his singles comeback at the Cincinnati Masters
- His service was broken in the opening game of his clash with Richard Gasquet
- The Frenchman claimed an early break in the second set on his way to victory
- The 32-year-old confirmed after the match he will not play singles at US Open
Andy Murray has confirmed that he won’t play in the men’s singles at the US Open later this month.
Murray resumed his singles career on Monday night but lost in straight sets to Richard Gasquet at the Cincinnati Masters.
Seven months since his last singles match and six months since undergoing an operation that risked forcing him into retirement, the 32-year-old lost 6-4, 6-4 to the Frenchman.
Andy Murray suffered defeat on his singles comeback against Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati
Murray’s return to singles action for the first time since January proved as testing as expected
The former world No 1 was broken in his first service game and was broken in the second set
The Cincinnati Masters clash with Gasquet was his first singles appearance for seven months
Despite defeat, Murray can take plenty of positives from this comeback in which he became the first player to return to the singles game following hip-resurfacing surgery.
Murray, who will play in the men’s doubles and mixed doubles at the US Open, fought hard in the heat. He struggled on serve but his movement improved after a stiff start.
He seemed determined to enjoy himself. Holding his phone in front of him, he filmed his entrance on to Centre Court, before Gasquet tested him by electing to have him serve first.
The 32-year-old can take plenty of positives from this comeback on Monday night
French world No 56 tested Murray’s movement with a series of drop shots during the contest
Then the nerves kicked in for Murray. Serving for the first time in singles since an Australian Open loss to Roberto Bautista Agut 210 days ago, Murray started with a double fault before being broken.
Watched by Feliciano Lopez, who partnered Murray when they won the Fever-Tree Championships doubles title at Queen’s Club in June, he broke back for 2-2.
Yet Gasquet, who tested his movement with delicate drop shots, stole another lead. And at 5-4, he served out for the first set. Murray had won his last five meetings with Gasquet but his serve continued to pose a problem and he was broken at the start of the second set.
The world No 56 held from there, condemning Murray to defeat on his comeback.
Murray struggled on his serve but his movement on his metal hip improved during the match