2012 US Open champion Andy Murray; Wawrinka retires – WSB-TV Channel 2
Andy Murray took the field for the US Open on Monday when another former Flushing Meadows champion Stan Wawrinka stepped down because he is still recovering from foot surgery.
Murray is a former No.1 and three-time Grand Slam title winner, most notably in New York City in 2012. His ranking has slipped out of the top 100 after undergoing two hip surgeries in recent years.
The 34-year-old Scot returned to the tour in June after a three-month absence with a groin problem and reached the third round at Wimbledon, then retired from singles competition at the Games Olympic Games in Tokyo on July 25, citing a right quadriceps. He was the reigning two-time men’s singles gold medalist.
Murray played doubles for Great Britain at the Summer Games in Japan, reaching the quarter-finals with Joe Salisbury.
The American Tennis Association also announced Monday that Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig will not compete in the last Grand Slam tournament of the year. Tig suffers from a persistent back injury and was replaced on the pitch by Claire Liu of the United States
Wawrinka won the title at Flushing Meadows in 2016 for the last of his three major singles championships.
Wawrinka, 36, is 3-3 in 2021 and has not been on a tour since losing to Lloyd Harris at the Qatar Open in March.
Wawrinka underwent surgery on his left foot soon after, then needed another surgery on the same foot in June. He’s ranked 31st and was in the running to be seeded if he could have played at the US Open, where the main draw begins on August 30.
Murray, who is 105th in the ATP rankings, has reached the second round at Flushing Meadows in each of his last two appearances, in 2018 and last year.
After his third round loss to semi-finalist Denis Shapovalov at the All England Club last month, Murray wondered what the future might hold for him.
“There’s a part of me that feels like I’ve worked so hard over the last three months and ultimately not playing the way I wanted and expected. And it’s like: is it worth it? Murray then said.
“Does all that training and everything you do in the gym – unless you can, like, practice and improve your game and get matches and keep (to) get a series of tournaments – it’s worth- is it worth all the work you do?
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