In an interview with Sky Sports, former world No. 4 Greg Rusedski commented on Andy Murray playing in Winston Salem this week with a wild card and possibly playing Challenger events in the next few weeks. Murray made his comeback to the singles competition in last week's Cincinnati.
"It gives a great message to be quite honest," said Rusedski. "I thought he got better in his match with Gasquet and for not having played a match in singles since the Australian Open. I thought he got better in the second set, starting moving better and he is getting his focus back onto what he loves doing - playing singles.
I think it was the right decision, I don't think that physically he was ready to do three out of five set matches back-to-back. He is playing in Winston-Salem and has a good opportunity to win his first match, I don't think he is ready for the US Open yet so I think it is a smart play to drop down a level and play some challengers during the US Open with the goal to get back to singles.
"I think he is smart enough and he knows the goal is to be ready for 2020. I was surprised when he started in Cincinnati, I thought he we were going to start in the singles in the Asian swing and it is the right thing to do."
Murray lost in the first round in Winston-Salem to Tennys Sandgren on Monday in straight sets 7-6, 7-5. He had a set point in the first set.