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Murray vs Sandgren ATP Winston-Salem live streaming, preview and tips - Murray targets first singles win since hip resurfacing surgery

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 19 Aug 2019
  • Andy Murray vs Tennys Sandgren is live from Winston-Salem at 7.00pm local time on Monday (12.00am BST, Tuesday)
  • It's the first career meeting between the pair
Andy Murray (PA Images)

Former World No. 1 Andy Murray continues his singles comeback when he makes his Winston-Salem Open debut on Monday night against Tennys Sandgren.

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Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray targets his first singles win since undergoing hip resurfacing surgery when he squares off against Tennys Sandgren in the opening round of Winston-Salem on Monday night.

First and foremost, it’s great to see Murray back on the singles court, especially after his emotional Australian Open, where after a five-set opening round loss to Roberto Bautista Agut, the tournament put together a tribute video of Murray’s career that very much felt like a farewell. Murray himself declared his tennis career could be over in January, but after undergoing successful hip resurfacing surgery shortly after departing Melbourne, the Scot has set his sights on resuming his career.

Murray started off on the doubles circuit, partnering Feliciano Lopez to the Queen’s Club title in the first tournament of his comeback, while he also played doubles and mixed at Wimbledon and competed in more doubles tournaments in Washington D.C. and the Canada Masters. It was at the start of the U.S. Open Series where Murray revealed he was feeling strong enough to test the waters in singles once again, and as a result, he entered the Cincinnati Masters last week.

The 32-year-old went down 4-6 4-6 in the opening round to Richard Gasquet, but the most important outcome of the match was that Murray came through it unscathed. Keen to get more matches under his belt, Murray took a wildcard into Winston-Salem this week - but he once again reiterated he has no expectations and just simply wants to get that competitive feeling back again in singles.

“My expectations are very low. I’m not thinking about winning events like this just yet. I’m just trying to get matches,” said Murray. “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.
“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.”

Murray is already scheduled to play at the Zhuhai Championships and the China Open in Beijing in late September and early October, but he has confirmed he won’t be competing at the U.S. Open in singles and doubles. Murray did say he might drop down to Challenger level during the U.S. Open, but it all depends on how far he progress in Winston-Salem this week.


Tennys Sandgren is his first opponent on Monday night. The American enjoyed a breakout season in 2018, when after winning just two tour-level matches before the Australian Open, he defeated top 10 stars Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem to become the lowest-ranked quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park since 1996, with his run eventually halted by Hyeon Chung. Sandgren would go on to break the top 50 for the first time after making his first ATP World Tour final in Houston and was the only man to take a set off Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open, ending 2018 at No. 61 in the world.

Sandgren would peak at No. 41 in the world at the start of 2019 as he captured his first ATP title at the ASB Classic in Auckland, but he would subsequently tumble out of the top 50 the following week as he failed to defend his Australian Open quarter-final points, losing to Yoshihito Nishioka in the opening round. The 28-year-old has struggled to make an impact at tour-level ever since, winning just five matches, but three of them came during a surprise Wimbledon fourth round run (where he beat Gilles Simon and No. 10 Fabio Fognini), while the other two came in his next tournament as he reached the quarter-finals at Newport, with those two events salvaging a current ranking of No. 72. Sandgren hasn’t won a match this U.S. Open Series, losing in the opening round of Atlanta and Los Cabos and in qualifying at Cincinnati.

This will be the first match between the pair and it will be a great opening test for Murray to see where he’s at. Sandgren loves to grind from the baseline and will get a lot of balls back, while trying to be aggressive with his forehand. It’s tough to say how much better Murray will be from his loss to Gasquet last week, but he will get the chance to sink his teeth into this contest against a man that has won just five-tour level matches since January.


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Murray vs Sandgren ATP Winston-Salem live streaming, preview and tips - Murray targets first singles win since hip resurfacing surgery

Former World No. 1 Andy Murray continues his singles comeback when he makes his Winston-Salem Open debut on Monday night against Tennys Sandgren.

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