Andy Murray put in a strong run at the Infosys Hall of Fame Open in Newport, Rhode Island, with the two-time gold medalist fighting through testy weather conditions in his first two matches, but ultimately bowing out in the quarterfinals to Alexander Bublik, 7-5 6-4.
It was the Great Scot’s return to the grass courts at the Tennis Hall of Fame since 2006.
It’s been a strong summer for the 35-year-old British player, who bounced back from a set down in his Wednesday match against Australia’s Max Purcell, 4-6 6-2 6-1, battling challenging heat conditions after dealing with gusty conditions in his first match win over American Sam Querry, 6-2, 6-0.
Despite going out in the second round of Wimbledon, it’s been a promising summer for Andy Murray, who made the finals at the Mercedes Open in June, taking a set off of eventual winner Matteo Berrettini. Murray’s acceptance of a wild card into the ATP 250 event in Rhode Island was a bid to improve his ranking heading into this year’s U.S.
Open. The match wins over the summer should give him a boost of confidence heading into the upcoming hard court season, culminating in the last grand slam at Flushing Meadows. Ranked No. 52, he was hoping for an additional 300 points in his quest to move up to ATP ranking 32, which would have allowed him to be seeded for the U.S.
Open. "That's a big goal of mine, these next few weeks," said the 35-year-old, according to tennis.com said earlier in the week. "If you want to go deep at the biggest tournaments it does help to have a seeding, so I'll try my best to do that." Although Murray is set to move up slightly, any chance of obtaining a ranking high enough to warrant a seeding now seems unlikely.
Next up for the three-time major winner is the Citi Open In Washington, D.
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Trailing a set and a break down, @andy_murray paves his way to victory, defeating Purcell 4-6 6-2 6-1 to reach the QF in Newport! @TennisHalloFame pic.twitter.com/BUCe3XcyUq — Tennis TV (@TennisTV) July 13, 2022
C., slated to start July 31.
Would like to see more team tennis The two-time Wimbledon champion has also joined Team Europe for the first time at the Laver Cup, a serendipitous addition with the team tennis event set to debut at the 02 in London.
The hometown crowds are sure to go wild for Murray’s appearance alongside two of the other icons that comprise the Big Four of tennis, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Murray talked about the possibilities at such a marquee event, which is always wildly popular.
“I’m excited to play in it. I played doubles with Novak before, I’ve never played doubles with Roger or Rafa. So obviously there’s a potential for that, but it’s not my decision… it’s up to the captains to choose who they put on the court together.
“I would love that, that would be a really unique experience, to get the chance to do that, but also just to be on a team with those guys… Because I spent my whole career competing against them, and that’s why I think the Laver Cup is a great event for tennis”.
The popularity for the Davis Cup has waned, with it being revamped in a less time-consuming fashion.
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On shoes, trophies, memories, and the meaning of history at the ITHF with @andy_murray 🎥 @atptour | @the_LTA pic.twitter.com/fM1d6uyw1T — Tennis Hall of Fame (@TennisHalloFame) July 12, 2022
There is also the addition of the ATP Cup and the Billie Jean Cup, the new version of the Fed Cup. The team format of tennis has a devoted fan base and has resulted in some of the most captivating moments in the sport’s history, including some truly epic (and long) matches that involved Team USA players Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.
The enormously popular Ryder Cup is a tremendous boost on the golf calendar. Murray talked about his love for team events and why they’re necessary for tennis. “Team events I think are great for the sport. I would argue there’s maybe not enough of them, you know, events like the Hopman Cup and stuff—I played in that a number of times and it was amazing”.
Misses the Hopman Cup, would have a perfect place to team up with Emma Raducanu The demise of the Hopman Cup is a big loss for tennis, the only mixed doubles of its kind in the sport where top male and female players could team up to represent their country.
The tournament offered the rare opportunity of Roger Federer facing off against Serena Williams with their compatriots in 2019, resulting in the epic selfie that went viral.
Roger Federer wins historic mixed doubles match against fellow tennis great Serena Williams at the Hopman Cup https://t.co/FYIuNWsMpH pic.twitter.com/wO5zYSTXaW — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) January 1, 2019
“I remember when Roger and Serena played against each other in the Hopman Cup in mixed doubles, and that was everywhere, it was one of the lead stories.
“It reaches a different audience when you see match-ups and things like that. I love team competitions… I think it would be really fun, in the future, if that’s something that could happen. I think other sports miss out on that a little bit.
I would love to see like the Ryder Cup in golf, but a mixed event. I think, again, people would really enjoy watching that”.
The Hopman Cup was a gift to tennis fans and it was always one of my favorite events.
I don’t know of any other sport that had such a famous, mixed event. It is sorely missed. The Hopman Cup could give us opportunities like maybe Andy Murray teaming up with Emma Raducanu, something that just doesn’t seem possible, schedule-wise, during the grand slams.
“I think that’s the bit that’s frustrating about things like that,” said Murray, who elaborated about the possibility of teaming up with reigning U.S. Open champion Raducanu. “I think matchups like that—and teams like that—are interesting… But the only opportunity to do that would be at the grand slams.Same, Andy, same. Let’s hope some of the tennis executives get together and come up with a Hopman Cup replacement (please). Or add women to the Laver Cup.
Unfortunately, for both of us, there’s a chance it doesn’t happen, because the focus would solely be on the singles, and that’s where events like the Hopman Cup were fantastic. “At my age, it’s very difficult to play five set singles, and then play mixed doubles on the day off.
Like I need to recover. “I would like to see some of the mixed events return. I think that it’s really good for the sport. And I’ve seen that with the Hopman Cup over the years: people love that event, love watching it.
“It’s a shame it’s not there anymore”.
How much fun would that be? Team World might have a better chance (sorry to get cheeky). Andy Murray is keeping a busy tournament schedule for the remainder of the tennis season, with appearances at Citi and the Western & Southern Opens in his preparation efforts for the U.S. Open.