Andy Murray says that he did talk to brother Jamie about possibly teaming up in the doubles competition at Queen’s, but he was too worried about letting him down for it to ever be a real possibility.
Former British and world number one Murray is making his return to competitive tennis at Queens, but he will play doubles rather than singles as he looks to suss out the condition of his surgically repaired hip.
And he says that forming a partnership with his brother was an option he considered.
“I discussed potentially playing with my brother a month, six weeks ago, but I had barely started hitting balls at that stage,” Murray said.
“We spoke about it and I told him that it was not certain that I will be ready to play and I also don’t particularly want to let him down two minutes before the tournament.
“I wanted to wait a bit closer to the time before making a decision over whether I was going to play.
“If I play (against) Jamie then I’d definitely be trying to win, of course. It’s bound to end up happening, I’d imagine.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if that was how the draw came out.”
Murray eventually settled on Feliciano Lopez as his doubles partner for Queen’s, and he has been explaining the thought-process behind the decision.
“With Feli, I was looking at guys to potentially play with in this tournament and ones I would be able to get in without taking a wild card from one of the other British grasscourt teams,” he added.
“Feli is a very good grasscourt player and someone I have always get on well with on the tour. He plays good doubles, he is a good partner.
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