Winston-Salem (USA) (AFP)

Andy Murray, who tries to return to the singles circuit after a big surgery on his hip, lost for the second time in a row at Winston-Salem on Monday against American Tennys Sandgren after losing for his return in Cincinnati a week earlier.

The 32-year-old Briton, who fell back to 329th in the world, showed better results against Sandgren than against Richard Gasquet in Ohio: he lost only 7-6 (10/8), 7-5 after a 2 h 10 min fight against the 73rd world.

"Some things were a bit better, I hit the ball a little bit more cleanly, I feel like I've moved pretty well to get some cushion, which I may not have done last week, "summed up the Scot, defeated in the first round at Cincinnati 6-4, 6-4. "Physically, it's okay, no pain, no discomfort, just a little more tired than usual".

Murray has already indicated that he will not play the US Open from August 26, feeling unable to keep the distance of the five sets. Neither singles nor doubles, he who had prepared his return by aligning since June in doubles on several tournaments.

The Scotsman, who had hinted after his surgery in January that his career was over, raised the possibility that he will play on the secondary circuit to find sensations: "Maybe I need to play a game. lower level, having matches to develop my game a little before returning to the main circuit, "he said.

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