Andy Murray reveals why he has 'very low' expectations ahead of Winston-Salem Open tie


The tennis world rejoiced last week when Murray finally made his singles comeback at the Cincinnati Masters.

Richard Gasquet proved a test too far for Murray on his return, but there were promising signs for the former world No 1.

It was clear that the Scotsman still had some way to go to build up his fitness on a singles court, and he didn’t feel confident about being competitive in five sets at the US Open.

Instead, Murray opted to accept a wild-card invitation at the Winston-Salem Open for the first time in his career.

He begins his tournament tonight against American Tennys Sandgren and he will face No 2 seed Denis Shapovalov in the second round if he progresses.

Murray has spoken confidently in recent weeks about his hopes of challenging for titles once he returns to full fitness.

But he isn’t putting too much pressure on himself this week at the Wake Forest University.

“My expectations are very low,” he said.

“I’m not thinking about winning events like this just yet.

“I’m just trying to get matches.

“I’m hoping that by the end of this year, I can start getting back to the best that I’ll be.

“I just want to get through some matches and hopefully my body holds up well.”

Murray has been overwhelmed by the support he has received since undergoing hip-resurfacing surgery after the Australian Open.

“Even when I was walking down the street post-Australia, people were telling me to keep going and keep fighting and keep trying,” he added.

“After I spoke in Australia, Rublev was one of the first guys I bumped into in the locker room.

“I didn’t even know him that well, but he gave me a huge hug and told me to keep trying. There’s been more moments like that over the past six months than before.”


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