US Open Tennis Tickets On Sale

Tickets to the 2017 US Open gone on sale to the general public on Monday, June 12, 2017, started at 9 a.m. ET. 

The 2017 US Open will be played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., Monday, Aug. 28 through Sunday, Sept. 10.

US Open Tennis Tickets On Sale


Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day powered by Net Generation, a full-day tennis and music festival for families and children, will kick off the US Open, taking place on Saturday, Aug. 26. Tickets for the 2017 US Open and the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day powered by Net Generation stadium show can be purchased via www.USOpen.org, the US Open app, www.Ticketnetwork.com.

Payment can be made by credit card. American Express is the Official Card of the US Open. For ticket plan availability, group sales, disabled seating and other US Open information, visit www.USOpen.org or call (718) 760-6363.

The 2017 US Open will feature day sessions beginning at 11:00 a.m. and night sessions beginning at 7:00 p.m. from Monday, Aug. 28 through the quarterfinals on Wednesday, Sept. 6. The women’s semifinals are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7 and the men’s semifinals for 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8. The women’s singles final is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9 at 4 p.m., and the men’s singles final for 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10.

For the third straight year, the US Open will be distributed across the ESPN family of networks, on ESPN, ESPN2 and streaming on ESPN3. In addition, an hour-long Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day powered by Net Generation special will air at 2 p.m. ET on ABC on Sunday, Aug. 27.

Eugenie Bouchard’s Lawsuit Against the USTA

Since that fateful day in September 4, 2015, a fall in the physio room created a world of indifference for Bouchard, the USTA and her lawyer.

"They're being really aggressive with me", Bouchard had said toher lawyer, Benedict Morelli at the beginning of the case. The supposed facts were simple of her going into a darkened locker room wanting to get an ice bath after playing a doubles and mixed doubles match at the 2015 US Open. 

Eugenie Bouchard

There was some slippery substance on the floor of which Bouchard says she slipped on,hit her head and had sustained a concussion. It was from these simple situations that Eugenie and the USTA have butted heads on what was and what should have been during that night. A darkened room Bouchard had stood by her allegations because of the hour that she'd finished her matches, whereas the USTA has said that the room wasn't dark and that even when the main lights are off, there is a dimmer in the area. The USTA said that Eugenie didn't want to have medical attention given to her after she fell and she left. There was also a point that the USTA and Bouchard were discussing  that she didn't go by the regular standards of havng an assistant help with procedures on usng the physio room and ice bath and that she wanted to use it by herself.

After the fall, Eugenie wasn't able to play and says of lost revenues and playing time had made her ranking plumment lower with an inability to rise due to recurring symptoms. But the USTA has said that she did participate in the China Open in October, but facts were known that she had to retire during her opening round because of dizziness. When there might have been on Bouchard's side a request to find the employee who might have left the cleaning substance on the floor, the USTA wasn't able to find out who the person was. It was also upon Bouchard's lawyer's request  to have all footage from the camera near the physio room on that night of her fall, but was told that a portion wasn't available and that it might have been destroyed. The USTA says they gave all the footage needed.

     So it was after that last match in 2015 in China that Bouchard was never able to regain her rankings in good standard as of this day in 2017 and there was talk too of a possible trial to be started, but it might be a no-brainer to have everyone present as well as the touring Eugenie Bouchard. Monetary compensation is also on the table but as to how much and how much the USTA will be providing if it comes down to that is another issue making agreements at this time not resolved yet.  

French Open 2017 - Order Of Play Day 4

French Open order of play: Andy Murray and Johanna Konta both on court at Roland Garros.

The action in Paris continues with tennis stars looking to win the titles won by Novak Djokovic and Garbine Muguruza last year.

ANDY MURRAY begins his French Open campaign against Andrey Kuznetsov today.

The two-time Wimbledon champ is looking to win his first Roland Garros title.



Wednesday, May 31st, Day 4


Philippe-Chatrier Court
11:00 AM
WOMEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Venus Williams (USA) [10]
vs.Kurumi Nara (JPN)

WOMEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) [4]
vs.Anett Kontaveit (EST)

MEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Robin Haase (NED)
vs.Rafael Nadal (ESP) [4]

MEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Lucas Pouille (FRA) [16]
vs.Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)

Suzanne-Lenglen Court
11:00 AM
MEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Dominic Thiem (AUT) [6]
vs.Simone Bolelli (ITA)

MEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Joao Sousa (POR)
vs.Novak Djokovic (SRB) [2]

WOMEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Sara Errani (ITA)
vs.Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [13]

WOMEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Ons Jabeur (TUN)
vs.Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [6]

Court 1
11:00 AM
WOMEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)
vs.Petra Kvitova (CZE) [15]

MEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Tommy Robredo (ESP)
vs.Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [11]

MEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Milos Raonic (CAN) [5]
vs.Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA)

WOMEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Oceane Dodin (FRA)
vs.Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [8]

Court 2
11:00 AM
MEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)
vs.David Goffin (BEL) [10]

WOMEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Catherine Bellis (USA)
vs.Kiki Bertens (NED) [18]

WOMEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [11]
vs.Francoise Abanda (CAN)

MEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Benjamin Bonzi (FRA)
vs.Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) [19]

Court 3
11:00 AM
WOMEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Samantha Stosur (AUS) [23]
vs.Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)

MEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Ivo Karlovic (CRO) [23]
vs.Horacio Zeballos (ARG)

MEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
Jordan Thompson (AUS)
vs.Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) [2]
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) [2]

MEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Jiri Vesely (CZE)
vs.Aljaz Bedene (GBR)

Court 4
11:00 AM
MIXED DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) [1]
John Peers (AUS) [1]
vs.Abigail Spears (USA)
Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL)

WOMEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Daria Gavrilova (AUS)
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
vs.Sania Mirza (IND) [4]
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) [4]

WOMEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Audrey Albie (FRA)
Harmony Tan (FRA)
vs.Pauline Parmentier (FRA)
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)

WOMEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Jana Cepelova (SVK)
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)
vs.Kurumi Nara (JPN)
Risa Ozaki (JPN)

MEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Constant Lestienne (FRA)
Corentin Moutet (FRA)
vs.Dustin Brown (GER)
Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)

Court 5
11:00 AM
WOMEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR)
Nadiia Kichenok (UKR)
vs.Ana Konjuh (CRO)
Magda Linette (POL)

WOMEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Nao Hibino (JPN)
Alicja Rosolska (POL)
vs.Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
Coco Vandeweghe (USA)

MEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Steve Darcis (BEL)
Benoit Paire (FRA)
vs.Mikhail Elgin (RUS)
Karen Khachanov (RUS)

MEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)
Mischa Zverev (GER)
vs.Gregoire Jacq (FRA)
Hugo Nys (FRA)

WOMEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Lucie Hradecka (CZE) [6]
Katerina Siniakova (CZE) [6]
vs.Lauren Davis (USA)
Nicole Melichar (USA)

Court 6
11:00 AM
MEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Borna Coric (CRO)
vs.Steve Johnson (USA) [25]

WOMEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Richel Hogenkamp (NED)
vs.Elise Mertens (BEL)

MEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) [20]
vs.Taro Daniel (JPN)

MEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Philipp Petzschner (GER)
Alexander Peya (AUT)
vs.Bob Bryan (USA) [3]
Mike Bryan (USA) [3]

Court 8
11:00 AM
WOMEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Marine Partaud (FRA)
Virginie Razzano (FRA)
vs.Ashleigh Barty (AUS)
Casey Dellacqua (AUS)

MEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Stefano Napolitano (ITA)
vs.Diego Schwartzman (ARG)

WOMEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Tessah Andrianjafitrimo (FRA)
Amandine Hesse (FRA)
vs.Timea Babos (HUN) [5]
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) [5]

WOMEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Annika Beck (GER)
Renata Voracova (CZE)
vs.Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) [12]
Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) [12]

WOMEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Natela Dzalamidze (RUS)
Veronika Kudermetova (RUS)
vs.Aleksandra Krunic (SRB)
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS)

Court 10
11:00 AM
MEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Marcin Matkowski (POL) [12]
Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) [12]
vs.Nicholas Monroe (USA)
Artem Sitak (NZL)

WOMEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Andreja Klepac (SLO) [15]
María José Martinez Sanchez (ESP) [15]
vs.Sorana Cirstea (ROU)
Donna Vekic (CRO)

MEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Lukasz Kubot (POL) [4]
Marcelo Melo (BRA) [4]
vs.Julien Benneteau (FRA)
Jeremy Chardy (FRA)

MEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Ernesto Escobedo (USA)
Sam Querrey (USA)
vs.Simone Bolelli (ITA)
Fabio Fognini (ITA)

MEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Marcus Daniell (NZL)
Marcelo Demoliner (BRA)
vs.Ivan Dodig (CRO) [7]
Marcel Granollers (ESP) [7]

Court 14
11:00 AM
WOMEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Johanna Larsson (SWE)
vs.Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) [27]

MEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO)
vs.Viktor Troicki (SRB)

WOMEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) [30]
vs.Madison Brengle (USA)

MEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)
vs.Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [17]

Court 15
11:00 AM
MEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Wesley Koolhof (NED)
Matwe Middelkoop (NED)
vs.Malek Jaziri (TUN)
Andreas Seppi (ITA)

MEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Florin Mergea (ROU) [13]
Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) [13]
vs.Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)

WOMEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Varvara Lepchenko (USA)
Evgeniya Rodina (RUS)
vs.Ying-Ying Duan (CHN)
Shuai Peng (CHN)

MEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
Steve Johnson (USA)
vs.Purav Raja (IND)
Divij Sharan (IND)

WOMEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
Andrea Petkovic (GER)
vs.María Irigoyen (ARG)
Demi Schuurs (NED)

Court 16
11:00 AM
WOMEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)
vs.Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)

WOMEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR)
vs.Shelby Rogers (USA)

WOMEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Fiona Ferro (FRA)
Margot Yerolymos (FRA)
vs.Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [2]
Elena Vesnina (RUS) [2]

WOMEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) [11]
Kveta Peschke (CZE) [11]
vs.Myrtille Georges (FRA)
Chloe Paquet (FRA)

MEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Jonathan Eysseric (FRA)
Tristan Lamasine (FRA)
vs.Oliver Marach (AUT) [15]
Mate Pavic (CRO) [15]

Court 17
11:00 AM
WOMEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)
vs.Monica Puig (PUR)

MEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Mathias Bourgue (FRA)
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)
vs.Rohan Bopanna (IND) [9]
Pablo Cuevas (URU) [9]

MEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Marco Trungelliti (ARG)
vs.Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)

WOMEN'S SINGLES - ROUND 2

Shuai Zhang (CHN) [32]
vs.Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)

Court 18
11:00 AM
WOMEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Mona Barthel (GER)
Carina Witthoeft (GER)
vs.Darija Jurak (CRO) [17]
Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) [17]

WOMEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Eri Hozumi (JPN) [18]
Miyu Kato (JPN) [18]
vs.Asia Muhammad (USA)
Taylor Townsend (USA)

MEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Scott Lipsky (USA)
Leander Paes (IND)
vs.Radu Albot (MDA)
Hyeon Chung (KOR)

WOMEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Raluca Olaru (ROU)
Olga Savchuk (UKR)
vs.Mandy Minella (LUX)
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT)

MEN'S DOUBLES - ROUND 1

Brian Baker (USA)
Nikola Mektic (CRO)
vs.Sam Groth (AUS)
Robert Lindstedt (SWE)

Halep into Rome last four with Kontaveit win

The in-form Simona Halep reached the semi-finals of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia with a clinical straight-sets victory over Anett Kontaveit on Friday.

The classy Halep won the Madrid Open last weekend after reaching the last four of the Stuttgart Open and could claim back-to-back titles in Rome after dispatching qualifier Kontaveit 6-2 6-4.

Kontaveit hammered Angelique Kerber in the second round, but was no match for Halep as the sixth seed gave another demonstration that she is capable of challenging for a first grand slam title at the French Open.

Simona Halep


Either Kiki Bertens or Daria Gavrilova will stand in the way of the world number four and a place in another final at the Foro Italico this weekend.

Halep beat Kontaveit in the Miami Open recently and wasted no time in gaining the upper hand over the Estonian, breaking twice to take a 3-0 lead.

Kontaveit stopped the rot by breaking back with a powerful backhand winner down the line, but the Romanian was a set up in only 34 minutes.

Halep unleashed some brutal groundstrokes as she pressed home her advantage to surge into a 4-1 lead in the second, but Kontaveit broke back with another fierce backhand.

But the 2014 French Open runner-up's passage into the last four was secured when the battling Kontaveit fired a backhand wide.

Maria Sharapova’s Return to Tennis: This is What She Did, said after Victory

After a 15-month absence from the WTA Tour, former tennis Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova was delighted to return with a win on Wednesday.

Maria Sharapova plays a return to Italy's Roberta Vinci during the Grand Prix tennis tournament in Stuttgart on Wednesday. Sharapova was given a lukewarm welcome by 4,500 spectators upon her return to professional tennis after a 15-month doping ban.



The five-time grand slam champion, in her first match back since a 15-month suspension for taking the banned steroid meldonium, overcame Roberta Vinci 7-5 6-3 on Wednesday.

Roberta Vinci had been one of many in the game to criticise the decision to hand Maria Sharapova a wildcard entry in Germany, but the 30-year-old was just delighted to be back on the world stage.

“It’s the best feeling in the world,” she said in her on-court interview. “Those first few seconds before you enter the arena – it’s been a stage of mine since I was a young girl and to know that I’d be walking back on it was really special. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time.

“I spent a long time without hitting any balls. I didn’t know when I would be back. I went to school for a little bit, I grew my business and had a normal life. I put the racquet away for a little bit.

“I felt I had to grow as a person and I think I’ve done that.

“This is what I’ve done for so long. I’m a competitor, that’s when I’m at my best.”

Next up for Maria Sharapova is a meeting with compatriot Ekaterina Makarova, when she can likely expect another capacity crowd as she remains a major draw in the women’s game.

Maria Sharapova – who will learn on May 16 whether she will be given a wildcard for the French Open, which she has won twice – added of her round-two opponent: “She’s a lefty, but no matter who I play it is important for me to play points, play games, play sets. It’s a journey and this is just the start.”

Genie Bouchard’s lawsuit against USTA

Genie Bouchard’s lawsuit against USTA appears to be heading to trial after two failed attempts at mediation, according to a report from ESPN.

At the 2015 US Open, Bouchard was in a late-night mixed doubles match. After the match, Bouchard, who was also into the fourth round in singles at the Grand Slam event, found the women’s locker room dark and unattended. She went in to use the ice bath, but according to the lawsuit, slipped on a substance on the floor and banged her head.

Genie Bouchard


She pulled out of the tournament two days later, showing symptoms of a concussion, and started just one more singles match in 2015 before she quit halfway through the second set, complaining of dizziness.

“We’ve had two attempts at mediation, and both have failed,” Bouchard’s lawyer, Benedict Morelli, told ESPN. “The USTA has yet to accept responsibility and concede liability for what happened. I’m going into a new mode — ‘super hardball.'”

After Bouchard retained Morelli, her lawyer sent the USTA a pro forma letter requesting officials to retain all evidence pertaining to the incident, but now claims that the USTA destroyed significant security camera footage. Morelli is seeking a motion to sanction the USTA for “spoliation” of evidence, which could result in a fine for USTA and leaving the jury to give the benefit of the doubt to Bouchard in areas of missing evidence.

The USTA issued the following statement in response to Morelli’s claims:

“The USTA is confident that it preserved all documents, footage and other materials requested by Mr. Morelli at the time he advised us of Ms. Bouchard’s claim. Other than that, the USTA followed its standard retention policies, which make it impossible to accommodate an additional request that came more than 14 months after the original notice.”

Bouchard, currently ranked No. 56 in the WTA rankings, had a strong start to 2017, making the semifinals of Sydney before losing to eventual champion Johanna Konta and then making it to the third round at the Australian Open before losing to Coco Vandeweghe. However, she hasn’t won a match in a WTA event since then.
She is currently playing in this week’s minor league ITF event in Indian Harbor Beach, Florida.

Tennis management program gets $17.000 USTA grant

The Berry College Professional Tennis Management Program has been awarded a $17,000 grant from the USTA National Campus.

The goal of the grant is to bring innovative ways to introduce the sport of tennis to new players, progress youth through the play pathways and increase tennis participation and awareness, said Executive Director Tom Daglis. The grant will help fund eight scholarships and marketing efforts for the program.

The Berry College Professional


The Berry College Professional Tennis Management Program will benefit from the newly opened Rome Tennis Center at Berry College. Rome Tennis Center at Berry College, which opened July 2016, is comprised of 60 USTA standard, asphalt tennis courts and includes six NCAA regulation courts, three center courts for tournament and collegiate play, a clubhouse with an expansive viewing porch, open green spaces, a family zone and more. All courts have lighting and shade structures.

The tennis center is also the 2017 hosting the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) men’s and women’s tennis championships that begins Wednesday. Six days of competition will bring 13 men’s teams and 15 women’s teams from the 15 ACC schools beginning Wednesday, April 26.

Andy Murray beaten by Albert Ramos-Vinolas at Monte Carlo Masters

World number one Andy Murray blew a 4-0 lead in the deciding set as he fell to a shock defeat by Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the Monte Carlo Masters third round.

Murray went on to lose 2-6 6-2 7-5 in only his second match back after a month out with an elbow injury.

Two breaks had the Briton in command of the third set, but Spanish 15th seed Ramos-Vinolas hit back with successive breaks to set up a famous victory.

Andy Murray

Marin Cilic awaits Ramos-Vinolas in the last eight after beating Tomas Berdych.

Murray, 29, was playing his first tournament since being beaten in the second round at Indian Wells in March.

He beat Gilles Muller in straight sets on Wednesday, but admitted afterwards his elbow injury was still causing him some problems.

Murray began his second-round match against Muller with three double faults in the first four points of the match, and his service game was again an issue against Ramos-Vinolas.

The Scot was broken seven times as 29-year-old Ramos-Vinolas claimed a first ever win against a world number one.

Murray showed trademark fight in fending off three break points at 4-4 in the decider, but could not respond when the Spaniard was in the ascendancy in his next service game.

Murray briefly threatened to break back with the score at 30-30 as Ramos-Vinolas served for the match, but he dragged a forehand wide and misjudged a drop shot into the net at match point.

Jamie Murray, meanwhile, made a winning start, joining forces with Bruno Soares to beat Tommy Haas and Treat Huey 6-3, 6-2 in the last 16 of the men's doubles.

Federer May Skip French Open

The Australian Open champion is taking a break following his triumphs in Melbourne, Indian Wells and Miami and plans on playing no lead-in clay court tournaments ahead of Roland Garros.

Federer says at this stage he intends on playing the year's second grand slam, but his plans could change.

He said if he feels he's not 100 percent in it and fired up then it might be better to skip it, but the break before tournaments could be too long before the grass court season.

Roger Federer remains no certainty to play the French tennis Open.

In a recent interview to the Mercedes Cup event last week, the Swiss player assured having started the season so well can allow him to be calm and enjoy the competition for the rest of the season. 'I can play very free, nothing to lose, because I had much success at the early start of the year that I never thought I would have,' said Federer, who won't play any tournament at least until Roland Garros. 'I probably did a lot of right things at the end of last year when I trained really hard. I needed to take a break off, my knee wasn't well and when I came back it was an absolute dream, I couldn't believe it and I am just hoping that now with the break I am going to take during the clay-courts season that's going to be a beneficial moving. I've high hopes for the grass-court season, I think it's going to be quite exciting because that's my big goal for the next few months now, to actually get ready for the grass and play my best.'

Federer said he will make a final decision in five weeks.

The French Open starts in five and a half weeks.

Andy Murray overcomes slow start to beat Gilles Muller in Monte Carlo

Andy Murray showed early rust on his return from injury but recovered to beat Gilles Muller and reach the third round of the Monte-Carlo Masters.

The world number one was playing his first match since March 12 after recovering from an elbow problem that affected his serve.

Ahead of the match, Murray insisted he was serving normally again, but three double faults in the first four points of the match got him into early trouble.

Andy Murray


He then had to save a set point before reeling off four games in a row and, despite continuing to play some way below his best, battled through the second set to win 7-5 7-5.

Murray has significantly extended his lead over Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings despite a slow start to the season but has a huge amount of ranking points to defend from now until the end of the year.

Clay has been very profitable for the Scot over the last two years having previously been by far his weakest surface.

Luxembourg’s Muller, who was previously guided by Murray’s assistant coach Jamie Delgado, is a serve-volleyer and not a typical clay-court opponent.

That seemed to be a positive thing for Murray, who had won all five of their previous meetings, but the 29-year-old made a decidedly ropey start.

Muller, a top-30 player for the first time aged 33 and one of tennis’ flourishing old guard, missed a chance to take the set at 5-3, and that gave Murray the spark he needed as he broke back to love.

And two games later Murray completed the turnaround by winning the set when Muller missed a simple volley, smashing his racket in frustration.

After an exchange of breaks at the start of the second Murray missed several openings as he struggled to find any consistency.

But a bit of the old Murray magic brought up his first match point with a backhand dinked across the court and he took it when Muller blazed a forehand wide.

The top seed next faces Spanish 15th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Murray told Sky Sports: “It was a tough first match, I started the match pretty slow, I obviously wasn’t serving that well at the start.

“I haven’t been in the best rhythm on serve because I only started serving at full speed four or five days ago. I knew it would take a bit of time but I wasn’t expecting to start serving like that.

“It got a little bit better, I started to create a lot of chances in the second set. I couldn’t get the breakthrough until right at the end.”

Ahead of Thursday’s clash with Ramos-Vinolas, Murray said: “He’s always a tough guy to play against. I’ve practised with him quite a bit, he obviously likes the clay.

“He’s a lefty as well so it’s good I got some practice in. It’s a completely different match-up and I’ll need to be ready for a big fight because he doesn’t give anything for free.”