Andy Murray feels he was supported a lot after announcing his possible retirement from tennis at the Australian Open, especially from the other players. The three-time Major winner said: "Even when I was walking down the street post-Australia, people were telling me to keep going and keep fighting and keep trying.
After I spoke in Australia, Rublev was one of the first guys I bumped into in the locker room. I didn’t even know him that well, but he gave me a huge hug and told me to keep trying. There have been more moments like that over the past six months than before."
Murray is looking forward to opening his campaign in Winston-Salem against the American Tennys Sandgren: “The opportunity came up to play [in Winston-Salem] and from everyone I chatted to, they said it’s a nice tournament.
Very convenient, lots of practice courts. It felt like a smart move to come and play here before heading home. Hopefully, I can get more than one match here and try to win my first singles match since coming back from the surgery.
My expectations are very low. I’m not thinking about winning events like this just yet. I’m just trying to get matches. I’m hoping that by the end of this year, I can start getting back to the best that I’ll be. I just want to get through some matches and hopefully, my body holds up well”.