Andy Murray Set To Make Return To Court At Queen's Club
Andy Murray is set to make a remarkable comeback at Queen's Club in just two weeks in the Fever-Tree Championship doubles, as Feliciano Lopez's partner.
Back in January Andy Murray announced that because of his long term hip injury he may have to retire. The former number one tennis player in the world lost in the first round of the Australian Open to Roberto Bautista Agut in an epic five set match.
That looked like the end of his career but he vowed to try and come back in order to play at Wimbledon, in what was likely to be a farewell tournament.
Murray has since gone away and had more surgery on his hip and has began practicing in an attempt to get fit. In a recent interview the two time Wimbledon champion said he was pain free.
That has clearly continued to be the case with the news from BBC Sport that Murray is set to make his competitive return in Britain later this month.
Murray will enter the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's Club in the doubles tournament alongside Feliciano Lopez.
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American doubles player Bob Bryan had the same hip resurfacing as Murray seven months before the 2012 singles Olympic champion and has returned to playing doubles with his brother this year.
Speaking to the BBC earlier in the year Bryan said that no one had previously returned to singles but believes the three time slam winner could be the first, saying, "It's uncharted territory. No-one's ever come back with a hip replacement to play singles, as we all know, so it's going to be a tough road. But in my heart, I believe he can do it."
At the weekend Murray to social media to post his practice session on his Instagram story:
The former British number one isn't likely to play singles at Wimbledon, although the tournament was understood to be willing to wait as long as possible for him to hand the player a wild card.
Speaking to the Times in May he suggested a return to SW19 this year would have meant no long term comeback, explaining, "The thing I said before was that, if I wasn't feeling good, there was more chance that I would play and then stop after Wimbledon. Whereas if it's feeling good, it makes a bit more sense to give it time to make sure that it's as good as possible before I try to play singles on it."
Could this be the start of the most remarkable comeback in the history of tennis?