Published: Sun, June 23, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Murray marks return with doubles win

Murray marks return with doubles win

Murray had his hip resurfacing operation days after losing a dramatic first-round match to Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open.

But, ahead of the Scot's return, reports have named Feliciano Lopez, 37, and his Spanish doubles partner Marc Lopez, 36, in a wider investigation into corruption in sport.

"To be here again in the finals in both singles and doubles, it's tough to believe, no?"

And the delay to this week's rain-drenched tournament only made the wait for their first appearance more tantalising.

Queen's, followed by Eastbourne and Wimbledon, are about testing his body, putting miles on the clock and regaining some match sharpness with a view to resuming his singles career before the end of the year. The light was fading, the sap was rising, the grass was becoming a little greasy.

Barty saw off a bright start from Croatia's Donna Vekic in her first match since lifting a first grand slam title to win 6-3, 6-4 and set up a second round meeting with American Jennifer Brady. That was the invitation to speed things up, save the only break point they faced, and break their opponents to take a 4-2 lead. The French player defeated compatriot Nicolas Mahut 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (3).

Playing on a packed centre court including his wife Kim, Murray showed little fear in stretching himself despite being off the circuit since January.

"We felt doubles would be a good option to test myself out and see how I feel, where there is maybe a bit obviously less loading on the body, less movement, but you still have to make some quick moves and have quick reactions".

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"But you need those butterflies".

He afterwards expanded on the experience of being back on court.

"It was brilliant, I enjoyed it a lot, " the former top-ranked Murray said.

I love being able to do things like that, especially now I'm pain free. I feel I am able to think quite clearly and calmly.

"I injured my foot, and I had to retire in that match".

"Now I feel like although I'm not, you know, at my best kind of physically, I feel like I'm always making improvements and I have, you know, no pain". I feel like I'm going to continue to progress.

Murray and partner Feliciano Lopez were drawn to meet top seeds Cabal and Farah in their opener but managed to pull off a surprise win against the Colombian duo. After some thought, however, he and his team changed their minds. I have spoken to a couple of players. "But I've been rejected a couple of times so far". "I am now focused on giving my best, as always, and play with 100 per cent focus at Queen's". It's the first match also that we are going to play together. I told him already it was a nice moment for me sharing the court with him.

The reason, in fact, was rather prosaic.

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