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Murray Claims Queen’s Doubles Title

Jun 26, 2019 by

Andy Murray’s comeback from potentially career ending hip surgery ended in triumph as he won the doubles at Queen’s alongside Feliciano Lopez.

The pair beat Briton Joe Salisbury and American Rajeev Ram 7-6 (8-6) 5-7 10-5 as Murray reported getting through the week ‘pain free’.

“I’ve enjoyed it, I felt very relaxed at the beginning of the week, then I started getting more nervous as the week continued and my competitive instincts were kicking in,” said Murray, who thought he may not play again before having his hip resurfaced in January.

Murray broke down in tears at an Australian Open news conference five months ago, resigned to quitting the game. He laid bare the extent of his chronic hip pain that had not been cured by previous surgery.

The 32-year-old is now targeting a return to singles, potentially in the US Open in September.

“I’m happy with playing tennis and training and having no pain any more,” he added. “If I keep progressing, I would like to try to play singles. I have a couple of options after Wimbledon: either I continue with doubles but start training and practising singles through the US Open swing, and then try and maybe play singles after that. Or I take a longer break post-Wimbledon of maybe, let’s say, a month or six weeks to get myself ready for singles and then try and play close to the US Open time.”

Earlier in the day Lopez became the first man since 1997 to win the singles and doubles titles at Queen’s.

The 37-year-old Spaniard defeated Gilles Simon 6-2 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-2) in two hours and 49 minutes as he spent eight hours on court over the weekend.

Lopez also became the first wild card since Pete Sampras in 1999 to win the tournament.

Ranked 113th in the world and with only three singles victories to his name all year, Lopez prevailed in a baseline battle against Simon, with neither player showing great mobility after their exertions.

This was Lopez’s first singles title since winning the same event in 2017.

His fiancée Sandra Gago was watching from the stands and Lopez was pleased to be able to prove to her that he still has plenty to offer the game after some indifferent form.

“When we met, things weren’t going too well and I kept losing,” Lopez told the crowd. “Now she can see I’m a decent tennis player!

“I’m so happy for you; we can share this together.”

/Stewart
Sports news editor