Murray set for competitive doubles return

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Andy Murray last played competitively at the Australian Open in January; Getty Images
Andy Murray plans to make his return to competitive tennis in the doubles at London’s Queen’s Club later this month.

Andy Murray will make his competitive return to the court in doubles at the Fever-Tree Championships at London’s Queen’s Club later this month.

The three-time Grand Slam champion had career-saving hip surgery in January after playing what he admitted could have been his final professional match at the Australian Open.

The 32-year-old Briton has been back in training for a number of weeks, with his progress sufficient enough for him to commit to a comeback.

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Murray is not yet in a condition to return to singles action but it bodes well for a future comeback to the tour that he already feels able to play competitive matches.

The Scot had a resurfacing operation on his left hip after an earlier arthroscopy failed to alleviate the pain that had dogged him since the summer of 2017.

He posted a video on Instagram on Saturday of him hitting a serve on a grass court, boosting hopes that he would soon be seen back on the circuit.

Murray said on lta.org.uk: “I am really excited to return to the match court for the first time since my surgery.

“Queen’s has always been a special place for me and it’s the perfect place to return. It’s where I won my first ATP match, my first title in Britain and on grass, and it’s been my most successful tournament overall.

“I’m not yet ready to return to the singles court, but I’ve been pain-free for a few months now. I’ve made good progress in training and on the practice court, and this is the next step for me as I try to return to the tour.”

Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez is the leading contender to partner Murray at Queen’s Club, with the tournament beginning on June 17.

Murray has been in frequent contact with American doubles specialist Bob Bryan, who had the same operation last summer and has made a successful return this season.

No one has yet attempted to make a comeback in singles after this surgery, and it is believed Murray is very unlikely to play singles at Wimbledon this summer.

But, if all goes well at Queen’s – and he could potentially play at Eastbourne as well – then Murray is extremely likely to enter the doubles at Wimbledon, perhaps building up to a singles comeback later in the season.

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