British Davis Cup Team Captain Leon Smith is confident that former world No. 1 Andy Murray will be ready and prepared to play his tennis at the US Open. Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray returned to action from a hip surgery at the Fever-Tree Championships in Queen's and played the following week at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne.
The Scot was defeated in his comeback match in Queen's before he beat Stan Wawrinka in the Eastbourne first round but lost to rising star Kyle Edmund in the last-16. Two-time Wimbledon champion Murray was expected to play at Wimbledon but he decided to pull out just a day before the start of the tournament.
The 31-year-old is expected to be ready for the upcoming US hard-court swing. Murray, who debuted at the US Open in 2005, played at the event for 12 straight years before he was forced to miss last year's tournament edition.
The Scot captured his maiden Grand Slam title after beating Novak Djokovic in the US Open final in 2012. "Andy is scheduled to play in the US Open and I don’t see any reason why he won’t be as competitive as possible there.
But I am also sure that if he got to the US Open and felt the same way as he did here that he would have no problem deciding not to play. The fact he was obviously close to being playing here suggests that after a couple of months he should be even more ready.
So I am very confident for him going into the US Open," Smith said in his latest column for the Herald Scotland Also read: Ruthless Nick Kyrgios destroys Marion Bartoli on Instagram