Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray will play his second singles tournament in Winston-Salem after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery earlier this year. Murray lost his first singles match since the Australian Open against Richard Gasquet at the Western & Southern Open but there were promising signs. The former world No.1 said he’s pain free and although there is a long away ahead of him, Andy is determined to rediscover the top form that made him one of the best players in tennis history.
Murray has played several doubles tournament this summer but announced he won’t play doubles at the US Open last Thursday. The 32-year-old wants to focus on getting back to his best in singles and decided to accept a wild card into the Winston-Salem Open. Murray will be making his first appearance at the Wake Forest University and will try to become the first British player to lift the trophy in Winston Salem.
Looking now at Andy’s draw on this event, the world No.324 will take on Tennys Sandgren in the first round of the Winston-Salem Open. Sandgren will make his second appearance on this event after reaching the second round in 2018. The sportsbooks are expecting a close contest with Murray as the slight favorite at -135 with 5Dimes while BetOnline offers +120 for the American to win this match.
Despite Sandgren’s undeniable quality, the Tennessee native has struggled to find his best level in recent months. Besides losing all his last four official matches, Sandgren hasn’t won a match on the ATP Tour on hard court since claiming his maiden title at the ASB Classic in January. On the other hand, Murray is an outstanding competitor on this surface and is very motivated to have a good run in Winston Salem. As mentioned above, Andy won’t play in Flushing Meadows, which means that he’s completely focused on this event. Betting on the tournaments before Grand Slam events can be tricky since most of the players have their focus on the upcoming week but that won’t be Andy’s case. Adding to this, Murray enjoys the fast conditions in Winston Salem and will be a very tough opponent to beat on this event. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Andy’s moneyline to your betting picks as the best play for this first-round match.