Cramp threatens Murray’s US Open outing

By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor

Andy Murray may undergo an unfavourable outing in the US Open following an underlying cramp issue that is bedevilling the former world number one.

A series of tests to unravel the cause of the persisting problem that hindered his performance in recent weeks, including a loss to fellow compatriot Cameron Norrie in Cincinnati Masters, has been carried out but the root cause is still shadowy.

Reportedly, the 35-year-old, who can easily acclimatize to any weather condition has not found it easy to nip the cramp issue in the bud.

He has undergone a sweating test, and blood test but the results were perfect.

Why the tests revealed that Murray had no illnesses, he was uncomplacent, adding it would have been better if the result had given a clue.

“It was all good. Sweat test was good. Blood test was good. No illnesses,” Murray said.

“I think it would be nice if you were one thing, you were deficient in something, maybe it is because of that,” he added.

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However, the player believes hydration and conditioning may be the cause of the cramp and has decided to take more water and also control his food intake.

He continued: “But at least I know now it is more down to either conditioning or hydration or food-related. That is something I can obviously control a little bit as well

“But I feel like I am in decent shape so that is why it is concerning. I don’t really know why it happened.

“Last few days in practice, I have actually felt a bit better in the conditions and everything so hopefully, I will be alright on Monday,” he added.

Murray begins his US Open campaign on Monday against Francisco Cerundolo, who is ranked 27 in the ATP ranking.

Cerundolo, whose best performance in any Grand Slam event was an exit in the first round, recently lost 6-7(5-7), 6-4, 6-2 to Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut in the Cincinnati Masters’ first round.

Currently ranked 47, Murray, who had lost in six Grand Slam finals, five times to a familiar foe, Novak Djokovic and once to Roger Federer, aims to win another Grand Slam title after he last won it 6 years ago.

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