US Open: In a last-ditch effort to allay his cramping worries before the US Open, which starts on Monday, Andy Murray will submit to sweat testing.
The No. 47-ranked player from 2012, who won the US Open, will enter this year’s competition without a seed and will face Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo, the tournament’s 24th seed, in the first round.
Although Andy Murray has recently recovered from the hip, back, and knee ailments, his chances of making it to the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time since 2017 seem small. This is because he has experienced cramping spells ever since arriving in the United States in mid-July.
“From the physical side it’s been a bit frustrating right now because I’ve been pulling up from the matches really well in terms of where my body is today in comparison to last year, for example. I’m in a much better place in terms of how my left groin has been and my lower back – it’s been really good,” the 35-year-old said.
“There’s been no need for me to take anti-inflammatories for matches and tournaments and stuff which hasn’t been the case much for the last few years so that’s been really positive but then at the same time I’ve had the cramping.
“Since I’ve been over here I’ve been lucky in some of the matches, like against [Stan] Wawrinka I was lucky to get through that one.
“Against Mikael [Ymer] in Washington, it was not good because I could barely play in the third set and obviously what happened in the match against Cam [Norrie] in Cincinnati.
“Physically I feel pretty good in terms of discomfort and pain and everything but then I’ve been having the cramping the last few weeks so that’s been frustrating.
“I’ve had cramps before but not consistently so I’m just trying to understand and get to the bottom of that.”
Murray and his staff are investigating his hydration, training, stress, and food in an effort to determine why the cramping keeps happening.
He explained: “I’m doing sweat testing in these conditions to see if anything has changed in that respect because the sports drinks and the electrolytes is made specifically on my sweat tests, but I haven’t done sweat testing for quite a number of years.
“I don’t know if anything has changed in that respect but we’ll try and get to the bottom of it, because let’s say if it was purely from hydration, then obviously after I got cramp-like in Washington I made sure that I was not dehydrated going into the next matches. And if it was eating-related then I made sure all of those boxes were ticked.
“It’s not just been as simple as changing how much I’ve been drinking or what I’m drinking so I need to get some answers.”
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