Former world No. 1 Andy Murray has given his thoughts on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium. The three-time Grand Slam champion played his US Open first round clash against Australian James Duckworth on the reconstructed Louis Armstrong Stadium.
The 31-year-old made a good start to his US Open campaign as he handed a 6-7 (5) 6-3 7-5 6-3 loss to the Australian. Murray also made a good comeback to Grand Slam action as he was playing his first Grand Slam match since Wimbledon 2017.
"I really liked playing on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium - I think it's a bit easier to play on than the old one," Murray said in his latest BBC Column. "It's a little bit more sheltered from the wind, although you can get a breeze in there.
Before it used to swirl a lot in the old Armstrong. Now it blows but tends to go in one direction. "Also, it's shaded from quite early on in the day, which is nice for the players and also, I think, for the people watching.' Murray also added that the stadium was noisy and it took him a while to get used to -- but he didn't really mind the noise.
The 2012 US Open champion is set to clash next against Spain's Fernando Verdasco. Murray played at the US Open for 12 years in a row before he was forced to skip last year's edition due to a hip injury. Also read: Andy Murray remains optimistic that he could return to his old form