"I'm not as quick as I was before" - Andy Murray ahead of US Open
Andy Murray will play at the US Open for the first time since 2018, he spoke about how he feels during the media day.
After defeating James Duckworth in the first round, Andy Murray lost to Fernando Verdasco in the second round of the 2018 US Open . Then, he missed the Grand Slam in the Flushing Meadows in 2019 but is ready to compete now in the 2020 season again. During the media day, he said:
“I'm not as quick probably as I was before, but I'm able to go out there and compete and focus on the tennis. Hopefully [I will] be able to last a five-set match without my performance seriously deteriorating as it goes on,” Murray said. “It's been tough to get to this point, a lot of hard work, lots of ups and downs. But I made it back.”
“In the matches I played... I felt pretty good on the court in terms of my body,” Murray said. “The matches were still difficult and stressful, [but it was] still enjoyable to be out there competing because my body was actually feeling okay. Hopefully that will be the case again next week.”
“Physically right now I feel pretty good, so I'm really happy about that because it's allowing me to practise and prepare properly, enjoy my time on the court basically,” Murray said. “I think mentally it's going to be difficult for the players. Obviously Novak won the tournament this week. There's people saying that some of the players will find it challenging playing without fans.”
“It is difficult, but the level of tennis is what's important. If you can sort of block all of the weirdness of playing without a crowd on big stadiums [that will be key],” Murray said. “I actually felt okay doing that last week. It didn't feel too bad in the matches. It will be tricky.”