The former world No 1 is desperate to be seeded at the US Open and is packing out his schedule in an effort to make sure he is
WIMBLEDON — Andy Murray will extend his grass-court season to the Hall of Fame Open in Newport next week in the hope of secure a seeded spot at the US Open.
Murray was frustrated at narrowly missing out on being seeded at Wimbledon this year, which meant he ran into No 20 seed John Isner in the second round.
The former world No 1 was beaten in four sets but still has hopes of winning a fourth grand slam title and believes getting the favourable draw afforded to seeded players is a key part of that plan.
He has therefore taken a wildcard to the grass-court tournament in Newport, Rhode Island, where has only played once before back in 2005.
The two-time Wimbledon champion’s plan is then to remain in the US for the rest of the summer and do a training block with coach Ivan Lendl.
Murray is also planning a busy hard-court schedule, with tournaments in Atlanta at the end of July and Washington at the beginning of August both on his radar as part of the build-up to the US Open.
I really want to try and improve my ranking to a level where I’m getting seeded in slams,” said Murray after defeat to Isner.
“That was a goal of mine sort of post Miami. I’ve spoken to my team a lot about that, and that’s something that I want to try and put myself in a position hopefully come the US Open.
“If not the US Open, then going into the Australian Open next year where I’m seeded again. That means obviously I’ll need to be out there competing and winning matches because it does make, like I said, things trickier.”