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Andy Murray taking US ‘risk’ because of missed slams

ANDY MURRAY is eager to play in the US Open that starts later this month because he has missed so many grand slams, despite admitting it is a risk.

With the United States the country hardest hit by coronavirus, the 2012 US men’s singles champion has said he expects more top players to follow women’s world No.1 Ashleigh Barty and her Australian compatriot Nick Kyrgios in withdrawing from the behind-closed-doors tournament, starting on August 31.

But Murray (pictured) himself has played singles at just two of the last ten grand-slam events after two operations on his right hip and has indicated his intention to play ahead of the Flushing Meadows entry list closing today. ‘With the situation I’ve been in the last few years, I’ve not had the opportunity to play in many slams,’ said Murray, of his return to the scene of him becoming the first Briton to win a grand slam since 1936 before winning Wimbledon twice.

‘I don’t know how many opportunities I’ll have left to play in the slams, so while I’m feeling relatively decent I want to try and play in them and enjoy the biggest events again. I’ve missed it a lot.

‘I love playing in the biggest events, even though this will be different with no fans. But that is something I care about and am willing to take a risk to go and play.’