Murray raring to go in New York
Andy Murray is eager to get down to the business of trying to hold on to his US Open title.
The Scot was back at the scene of his first grand slam triumph nearly 12 months ago as the draw was made for this year's tournament, which begins at Flushing Meadows on Monday.
Murray arrived in New York last Friday and cannot wait for his first match, which will pit him against 33-year-old French serve-volleyer Michael Llodra.
Murray is the holder of two of the four grand slams having added the Wimbledon title to his collection last month, but defending one will be something new.
The 26-year-old said: "It's obviously tough, it's a new experience for me.
"This week has been a bit busier than normal, there's been a few more demands on my time. I'm looking forward to it. I want the tournament to get started now."
A calendar year in which he has broken his grand-slam duck and ended Britain's long wait for a Wimbledon men's singles champion has certainly lifted the weight from his shoulders, but expectations are higher than ever.
Murray was typically self-deprecating as he chatted alongside defending women's champion Serena Williams after the draw.
When his list of achievements was reeled off, the Scot joked that it sounded more like one of Williams' years.
He was then asked about his popularity in Britain compared to newborn Prince George - almost certainly not for the last time given America's love for the royal family - and laughed as he insisted the future king was much more important.
Murray has been enjoying post-Wimbledon life, though, saying: "It's been nice.
"The first week it didn't quite feel real. It's something I've been working towards for a long time. There was a lot of pressure, and not just on me but the people before me like Tim Henman.
"I've enjoyed my tennis the last few weeks, but now it's time for business. This is a huge tournament for me. I love this tournament and I'll try to have a good run."
Murray's first week looks relatively comfortable, with Llodra, who he has beaten in all three previous meetings, followed by either Victor Hanescu of Romania or Argentina's Leonardo Mayer, while Juan Monaco, Andreas Seppi and Nicolas Almagro are the seeds standing in his path to the quarter-finals.
A potential last-eight encounter against fifth seed Tomas Berdych, who beat Murray in Cincinnati last week, will certainly not be easy while the Scot was drawn in the same half as top seed Novak Djokovic.
The pair have met in three of the last four grand slam finals, with Murray winning here and at Wimbledon and Djokovic prevailing at the Australian Open, but they can only clash in the semi-finals this time.
Murray had looked likely to be seeded second, meaning he would have avoided Djokovic until the final, but Rafael Nadal's superb run in winning titles in both Montreal and Cincinnati saw him climb to number two in the rankings this week.
Nadal looks to have the trickiest path of all the title contenders, however, including a potential quarter-final against Roger Federer, who is seeded only seventh.
Djokovic begins his campaign against talented Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis and also has a tough-looking quarter that includes Lukas Rosol, Grigor Dimitrov, Tommy Haas and Juan Martin del Potro.
Laura Robson is the first British woman to be a seeded at a grand slam since Jo Durie at the 1987 Australian Open.
The 30th seed really made her breakthrough on the big stage in New York last year with her run to the fourth round, a feat she repeated at Wimbledon, but expectations have been tempered by a wrist injury that has dogged her in the build-up.
Robson will meet 32-year-old Spaniard Lourdes Dominguez Lino in the first round and could face Li Na in the third round - as she did last year, when she pulled off arguably her best win.
British number two Heather Watson, who is still struggling for form after recovering from glandular fever, will play Romanian 21st seed Simona Halep.
Top seed Williams plays former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in the first round and has fellow American Sloane Stephens, who beat her at the Australian Open, as a possible fourth-round opponent.
Second seed Victoria Azarenka takes on young German Dinah Pfizenmaier while Maria Sharapova's withdrawal because of shoulder problems means Agnieszka Radwanska is seeded third and Italy's Sara Errani fourth.