August 8, 2007 / 7:10 PM / 12 years ago

Recovering Murray may rest wrist until U.S. Open

Andy Murray hits a return to Italy's Fabio Fognini at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Montreal, August 8, 2007. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Andy Murray may decide to sit out the last two tournaments before the U.S. Open after his comeback from injury was halted in a second-round defeat by Fabio Fognini at the Montreal Masters on Wednesday.

The Briton lost 6-2 6-2 to the Italian qualifier Fognini, ranked 139 in the world, in his second match since injuring his wrist back in May.

The world number 14 is scheduled to play in the Masters Series event in Cincinnati next week and in the ATP event in New Haven, Connecticut, the following week, but said he may now change his plans.

“I haven’t decided what I’m going to do yet,” said Murray, who beat American Robby Ginepri in his first competitive match for 12 weeks on Tuesday.

“I might stay here and train. I might go to Florida to practice for a week, couple of weeks. I just need to see what the best thing for me is. We’ll make a decision probably tomorrow or the following day.”

As he had been against Ginepri, Murray, who suffered the injury on May 15 in Hamburg, was unable to hit his hardest on his forehand and Fognini took full advantage.

“I just need to keep building confidence on it,” Murray said. “I wanted to be back on the court so much, but it’s not enjoyable when you’re losing 6-2 6-2 against someone that you know you’d be favored to beat when you’re ready.

“It is two-and-a-half weeks from now, so there’s something seriously wrong with my wrist if I’m not fine to play the U.S. Open. If I had to, I’d go out and play there even if it was my first tournament (back).

“I’d like to think I’m sort of 70 to 80 percent.”

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