Andy Murray writes off US Open chances as he plays first Major in 13 months

ANDY MURRAY is back at a Grand Slam — but he has already written off another Big Apple glory run.

Murray makes his first Major appearance since Wimbledon 2017 against Aussie world No 445 James Duckworth in Monday’s US Open first round.

 Andy Murray has written off his chances at Monday‘s US Open

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Andy Murray has written off his chances at Monday‘s US Open

The Scot, 31, who won the first of his three Slams here in 2012, has played just four ATP tournaments since undergoing hip surgery in January.

And he confesses having no idea how his battered body will stand up to potentially playing five, gruelling sets.

Murray said: "It is important to be back at the Slams. Missing them is hard.

“This one feels slightly different because, in the past, I have been preparing to try and win the event. I don’t think that is realistic for me this year. So it feels a bit odd.”

 Andy Murray has no idea how his battered body will fare at the US Open

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Andy Murray has no idea how his battered body will fare at the US Open
 Andy Murray has played just four ATP tournaments since undergoing hip surgery in January

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Andy Murray has played just four ATP tournaments since undergoing hip surgery in January

The former world No 1’s world ranking has plummeted to 378 during his lay-off and he goes into a Slam unseeded for the first time since Wimbledon 2006.

Kyle Edmund is Britain’s big hope for glory at Flushing Meadows. He faces Aussie Jordan Thompson in the first round.

But Murray has worked hard on his fitness since arriving in the States.

He won three matches in Washington DC but pulled out of his last-eight clash through fatigue after three late-night finishes.

He crashed in the first round at Cincinnati against French world No 17 Lucas Pouille but made the most of his time off.

Murray added: “I went to Philadelphia and while I was on court every day it was light practice and I did more gym-based training.

 Andy Murray speaks to the press in the Louis Armstrong Stadium in New York

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Andy Murray speaks to the press in the Louis Armstrong Stadium in New York

“Since I got to New York I’ve been practising for a couple of hours each day with some of the players.

“My tennis has been a bit stop-start and it’s been difficult. I took a few days off after Washington and built back up again and then some light practising last week.

“But my body feels better than it did a few weeks ago and that’s positive. And just being around the players and practicing with them on a more consistent basis is going to help me improve.

“I haven’t played a best-of-five match so I’ll need to see if my body is ready because you don’t know until you actually get out there and do it.

“I played some long matches in Washington and I had three in four days.

“The benefit of the Grand Slams is having that day off to recover which will help me.”

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ANDY MURRAY is back at a Grand Slam — but he has already written off another Big Apple glory run.