Former British and world No 1 Murray set to associate Feliciano Lopez in males’s doubles
Andy Murray is about to step again onto a tennis courtroom on Thursday – simply 143 days after present process a hip operation in a bid to salvage his profession.
Britain’s former world No 1 Murray is scheduled to make his comeback on Thursday, 5 months after he tearfully introduced at January’s Australian Open that it might need to be his final match, such was the ache his continual damage was giving him.
As a substitute, on January 28, Murray went beneath the knife in what he has described as “life-changing” hip resurfacing surgical procedure the place a steel plate was inserted into the joint.
The 32-year-old Scot will associate Spain’s Feliciano Lopez within the males’s doubles competitors on Thursday in opposition to Colombian prime seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah. That’s as a result of Lopez’s singles match in opposition to Marton Fucsovics was a kind of which fell foul of Tuesday’s climate on the Fever-Tree Championships.
Rain, nevertheless, washed out the second day’s play for less than the third time in 18 years, with matches involving the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Juan Martin del Potro and Stan Wawrinka, which means the celebrated match held in west London will try and play catch-up.
Queen’s, adopted by Eastbourne and Wimbledon, are about testing Murray’s physique, placing miles on the clock and regaining some match sharpness with a view to resuming his singles profession earlier than the tip of the 12 months.
“My goal is still to get back to playing singles, ultimately,” the Scot mentioned.
“Possibly six to eight weeks in the past I was chatting with my workforce about one of the best ways to get again onto the courtroom once more, singles-wise.
“We felt doubles could be a very good choice to check myself out and see how I really feel, the place there’s perhaps a bit clearly much less loading on the physique, much less motion, however you continue to need to make some fast strikes and have fast reactions.
“It felt prefer it was truly a pleasant development of the rehab I’ve been doing and getting again onto the courtroom and see how I really feel on a match courtroom taking part in doubles.
“Then that can give me some details about the place I’m at and perhaps issues I want to enhance or no matter.”