'I’m willing to take a risk': Murray targets US Open despite shadow of Covid-19 squib

The Scot admits lure of a return to venue of maiden grand slam title is too much to resist after so much time out injured

Andy Murray pauses when asked why he is gambling with his health to play at the US Open later this month while Covid-19 is still raging in American like an unpredictable beast. “I’ve missed it,” the 33-year-old Scot says, “missed it a lot. The situation I’ve been in the last few years, I’ve not had opportunity to play in many slams. I don’t know how many I’ll have left.

“So, while I’m feeling relatively decent... obviously there is a risk there, but I want to try and play in them [the Cincinnati Open, transferred to Flushing Meadows and starting on 20 August, followed by the US Open on 31 August] and enjoy the biggest events again.”

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