Where Is Andy Murray Playing After US Open 2021 Loss?

Published 09/12/2021, 1:14 AM EDT
Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Andy Murray of Great Britain hits to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece (not pictured) on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


The US Open 2021 could not have had a better start; legendary player Andy Murray faced off next-gen talent Stefanos Tsitsipas in the opening round of the American Grand Slam. From top-notch tennis to drama and controversy, their battle ticked every aspect of a good tennis match. Eventually, the Scot lost in the fifth set and felt utterly disappointed with the result.

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However, tennis is all about falling in one week and rising in the next. Accordingly, Murray will be back on the court at the ATP Rennes Challenger event in France. It starts right after the US Open 2021 conclusion, September 13 to September 19.

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Notably, the former World No.1 is still looping outside of the Top 100 ATP Rankings. Hence, success on the challenger tour will help boost his spots forward.

What’s more, French tennis stars Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon, and Lucas Pouille will also play in the tournament. Although Murray beat Gasquet in Cincinnati earlier, repeating that feat would be a challenging task.

Interestingly, Murray is seeded fifth in Rennae but can meet top seed Gasquet in the second round. Without any doubt, quality tennis will continue to roll even after US Open 2021 ends.

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What happened between Andy Murray and Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open?

Indeed, the Murray-Tsitsipas battle was one of the closest encounters in this year’s American Slam. And it did go the distance.

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece after beating Andy Murray of Great Britain on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

However, before the fifth set could start, Tsitsipas took a break for over ten minutes. Despite Murray’s resentment towards it, the match continued, and it went the Greek professional’s way.

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After that, every top player has given their take on the Tsitsipas row. Most recently, Serbian World No.1 Novak Djokovic voiced his support for him. Coincidentally, Tsitsipas’s team had previously revealed that the inspiration behind his breaks was none other than the Serb.

What’s next for Murray after US Open 2021 R1 loss?

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If not anything, Murray proved that he still has the game to beat the best players in the world. Therefore, he would be looking forward to getting the most out of the remaining 2021 season.

Following that, the Scot will hope to leave a mark at the Australian Open 2022. Let’s see if the 2022 season meets Murray and fans’ expectations.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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