Andy Murray says it only took him a few days to put a tough Wimbledon exit behind him and get back to work in preparation for the US Open.
Murray, 36, cut a desperate figure after losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas, saying motivation was “a big thing” when asked if he would return next year.
“Immediately after matches, especially at Wimbledon and at major tournaments, there is greater disappointment and greater emotion than at any other time,” said Murray, who is one of six Britons starting on Tuesday. their candidacy for the US Open.
“I went on vacation right after and after three or four days away I discussed with my team the things I thought I needed to change.
“I did it, I went and I worked on some technical points. I worked on it every day and it went well.”
Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, who won his first major at the US Open in 2012, will face Frenchman Corentin Moutet on day two at Flushing Meadows.
Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans And jack draper are also beginning their campaigns, with Katie Boulter And Jodie Burrage in action in the women’s tableau.
British qualifier Lily Miyazaki it’s already over after earning his first Grand Slam victory with a confident display against Russian Margarita Betova.
|Andy Murray against Corentin Moutet (Fra) – Tribune, around 6:00 p.m.|
|Katie Boulter v Diane Parry (Fra) – court six, 4:00 p.m.|
|Jodie Burrage vs. Anna Blinkova – court nine, around 11:30 p.m.|
|Cameron Norrie  against Alexander Shevchenko – court 11, around 6:00 p.m.|
|Dan Evans  against Daniel Elahi Galan (Col) – court 12, around 11:00 p.m.|
|Jack Draper v Radu Albot (Mda) – court 15, around 9:00 p.m.|
Murray is working hard to achieve a deep run
Making a deep run in a major tournament remains Murray’s main focus in the twilight of his career.
Competing in all four Grand Slam events with a ranking would, on paper, make that possibility stronger and he fell just short of the top 32 ahead of the US Open.
Those ambitions have been hampered by the Scot’s withdrawal from the Toronto and Cincinnati tournaments this month due to an abdominal injury.
Murray continued to train in the United States and says he had “no more problems” in the past week.
Despite the Wimbledon setback, Murray is in an encouraging position.
His recent ranking of 36th in the world was his highest since the hip resurfacing surgery that made him fear for his career in 2019.
The level of its performance has never been so high since a metal plate was inserted into the joint. He has spent the last few weeks working on the technical points that he believes can help him beat the world’s best.
“I wanted to work technically to play the way I want and the way my team wants,” Murray added. “We did and it helped.”
How do other British men present themselves?
Norrie is still Britain’s highest ranked man and will be ranked 16th at Flushing Meadows.
However, the 28-year-old enters the tournament winless on the North American hard court, having lost his opening matches in Los Cabos, Toronto and Cincinnati.
When asked what was behind his dip in form, Norrie replied: “I think there’s a bit of a wait, trying to feel perfect on the training ground and being too hard on myself.
“I am improving every day. I feel ready to attack the US Open.”
Evans had struggled to find form this year before ending a seven-game losing streak at Tour level by winning his first ATP 500 event in Washington.
The 33-year-old, who lost his opening two games in Toronto and Cincinnati following Washington’s triumph, will be seeded 26th in New York.
“I’m not stupid, it would be very surprising if I ever got close to winning a Grand Slam, but I’m capable of doing a really good run in some of them,” Evans said.
“First and foremost, I love coming to these Grand Slams. They are amazing tournaments. That’s what we play for.”
Draper is hoping for a change of fortune after seeing his progress stalled by a series of physical issues.
A shoulder injury picked up at Roland Garros meant the 21-year-old missed the entire UK grass-court season and he withdrew from his second-round match at the Winston-Salem Open last week with the same problem.
“Playing [at the US Open] was in some doubt. My shoulder hurt a bit so I had to be careful,” he said.
“I don’t expect it to be perfect, but I just try to take it day by day.”
Boulter and Burrage lead the British
The lack of British women going straight to major tournaments has been a topic of discussion after no player from the country secured a place in the French Open and Wimbledon draws based on their ranking.
Since then, Boulter and Burrage’s form has made the picture rosier.
Both players hit a career high in an encouraging grass-court season, earning direct entry into the US Open main draw.
Britain’s number one Boulter won the first WTA title of her career at the Nottingham Open, then reaching the third round at Wimbledon and more recently battled through qualifying to reach the third round of the Canadian Open .
Winning 33 of her 48 matches this year propelled the 27-year-old to 61st in the world.
“I deserved this place. I spent many years trying to get there and I feel like I should have been here for the past few years,” said Boulter, who insists that she has “no problem” with a foot injury that leads to retirement in Cincinnati.
“But I’m not happy at all with where I am, because I want to keep attacking and I really feel like I have a big chance to do that.”
Burrage reached the world top 100 for the first time after reaching the final in Nottingham and claiming his first Grand Slam main draw victory at Wimbledon.
The 24-year-old considered quitting the sport in 2020 after a series of injuries but has hit new heights in the past three months.
“It’s my first time in the main draw of a Grand Slam without a wildcard, so it really feels a bit surreal to me,” she said.
“Being there during qualifying was a bit weird, but obviously very happy not to have to do that. It shows the hard work I put in throughout last year.”
Where is Raducanu located?
Raducanu, 20, became a global star by winning the 2021 US Open as a teenager, but her progress since has been hampered by numerous injuries.
The former world number 10 played just 10 matches this year before deciding to undergo three operations in May to fix problems in both wrists and left ankle.
It was always likely that she would miss Roland-Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open, but she returned to the training ground shortly before the start of the last Grand Slam of the season.
Skupski leads the interests of the double
There is another strong British presence in men’s doubles, with the Wimbledon winner Neal Skupski and two-time defending champion Joe Salisbury opening the way.
Skupski and Dutch partner Wesley Koolhof are the top-ranked team in men’s doubles, achieving what the Briton called the “highlight” of his career by winning the title at Wimbledon last month.
Both men reached the US Open final last year and will be favorites to do better this time around.
Salisbury and American Rajeev Ram will be seeded third, while 12th. Jamie Murray and 13th seed Lloyd Glasspool hope to go far with their respective partners, just like the team of Julien Cash And Henry Patten.
Boulter plays alongside Kazakh Yulia Putintseva in women’s doubles, with Heather Watson – who did not qualify in singles – teams up with Anna Danilina.
Alfie Hewitt will defend his men’s wheelchair singles title, while Gordon Reid, Lucy Shuker And Andy Lapthorne also take part in wheelchair and quad events.
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