Open singles after loss on return

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

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

Andy Murray was beaten by Richard Gasquet in his first singles match since hip resurfacing surgery in round one of the Cincinnati Masters.

Gasquet was a tough opponent for Murray, last week in Montreal he played some good matches.

Former world No.1 Murray was broken in the opening game of the match and found himself within a point of a 3-0 deficit.

The Briton says he intends to play doubles and mixed doubles at the Grand Slam in NY, which starts on 26 August, and could play singles again next week at the Winston-Salem Open.

"That's nothing to do with my hip, that's just me not running for a ball". "I thought it (being away) would maybe change my perspective completely on things but I am sitting here disappointed which I think is probably a good thing if i want to get back to playing at a high level".

He later announced that he plans to play only men's and mixed doubles at Flushing Meadows, but insisted the decision was nothing to do with how he had fared against Gasquet. When Richard drop-shotted me, there were a few times I didn't even run to the ball, didn't react to it.

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.

When on one side Murray pulled out of US Open 2019, tennis great Rafael Nadal put his best efforts to enter in the grand tournament.

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Top seed Novak Djokovic and number three seed Roger Federer are both placed in the top half.

However, warming to his task, he fought back to lead 3-2 before Gasquet, employing a series of drop shots as he moved Murray around the court, turned the screws to take the first set.

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.

In the women's draw, five-time Grand Slam victor Maria Sharapova moved on to a second-round matchup with top-seeded Ashleigh Barty by knocking off fellow wild card Alison Riske 6-3, 7-6 (4).

In the women's draw at the ATP-WTA event, Venus Williams reached the second round with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over American compatriot Lauren Davis.

Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime also made an early exit.

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