FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY — As one of the most prominent names in men’s tennis the past decade, Andy Murray is accustomed to being considered a candidate for victory at any Grand Slam.
This year, however, no one is anticipating the 31-year-old to leave the US Open, which starts Monday, as the champion. Not even Murray has that kind of high hopes, taking into account he’s on the comeback trail and is making his first Grand Slam appearance since Wimbledon 2017.
A right hip injury, which eventually required surgery in early January, kept the Scotsman off the courts for nearly 11 months. His return started during the grass court season in June, and has been nothing short of sporadic.
“These are the tournaments, like, for pretty much the last 10 or 11 years of my life I’ve dedicated all of my sort of training and off-seasons and stuff to prepare to perform well in these…