Andy Murray won't play U.S. Open singles after loss on return

Murray lost out in the first round of the Western and Southern Open

Former world number one Andy Murray said he expects to be back to his physical best by January next year, 12 months after he had hip resurfacing surgery in a bid to salvage his career.

Scotsman Andy Murray's long-awaited return to singles play Monday at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati didn't go as well as he or his fans might have expected with a 6-4, 6-4 first-round loss to Frenchman Richard Gasquet.

I haven't played many matches in the past 18 months really. "I think there were a lot of things I would like to have done better but you also have to be somewhat realistic in terms of what you expect".

"That's nothing to do with my hip, that's just me not running for a ball".

Murray could potentially enter the singles at next week's Winston-Salem Open, but plans to play men's doubles and mixed doubles at the US Open, which starts on August 26.

"I was having to move quite a lot laterally, and I didn't move forward particularly well".

Murray, after all, was playing a singles match for the first time since undergoing a second knee surgery, which nearly pulled the curtains on his career.

The Briton broke once again in the first game of the third set but then surrendered four successive games before fighting back to 4-4, only for Peterson to eventually emerge as a 6-3 3-6 7-5 victor.

He said: "If I would have taken the wild card and then not played, then I would have been getting loads of questions about my hip and, 'Why has he turned it down?"

Before a standing-room only Granstand Court crowd, including a teen boy waving a a red-and-white piñata shaped like a horse, Nick Kyrgios reached the second round with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Lorenzo Song.

Following his 6-4, 6-4 defeat at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, the Scot announced that despite not feeling any major pain, he will not play singles at the US Open later this month.

World number two Rafa Nadal, the second seed, withdrew overnight, citing fatigue after winning his fifth Rogers Cup title on Sunday.

Unseeded Venus Williams won the last four games against qualifier Lauren Davis for a 7-5, 6-2 victory, earning a second-round match with fifth-seeded and defending champion Kiki Bertens.

Earlier, Marin Cilic became the first seed to fall when he was eliminated by Radu Albot of Moldova 6-4 7-6 (6), while Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic upset Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime 6-3 6-3.

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