‘I’m sorry but we’re doing our best!’ jokes Andy Murray after blustery battle in Newport
Andy Murray has won his first match since Wimbledon with a double quick victory over Sam Querrey in the first round of the Hall of Fame Open in Newport, Rhode Island.
Murray took down the man who he last faced in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon 2017 6-2, 6-0 after less than an hour on court in windy conditions on the grass event’s main court.
The 35-year-old is making his first appearance at the ATP 250 event since 2006, when he reached the semi-finals there aged 19.
“It’s amazing to be back here playing on this court again after I think 16 years,” he said in his post-match interview. “A lot has happened in that time, four kids, married and all that stuff.
“It was really awful conditions to play tennis in [today], to play well. So breezy and really difficult so I’m sorry that maybe the tennis wasn’t that much fun to watch but we’re doing the best we can given the conditions.”
Newport is the last ATP tour grass event of 2022 before the US hard court swing in the build-up to the US Open beginning on 29th August.
Looking ahead to the final Major of the year, Murray admitted that he is targeting a seeded spot in New York to give him the best shot at a good run there.
“It’s a big goal of mine these next few weeks,” the current world number 52 said. “I’ve been playing better the last few months, but if you want to have deep runs in the biggest tournaments it does help to have a seeding.
“So I’ll try my best to do that and obviously one match closer today and hoping to have a good run here.”
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