Andy Murray has accepted a wildcard to play in the doubles event at the Fever-Tree Championships later this month, it has been confirmed.
Organisers of the Queen’s Club event had reserved a wildcard in the singles event for the five-time champion, but he will make the first tentative step of his latest comeback attempt from hip surgery by playing doubles on the grass court in south London.
Murray has been stepping up his training the recent weeks and has been posting video clips and images of his efforts to gain match fitness on his social media channels, with news now emerging that he will play alongside Spain’s Feliciano Lopez at Queen’s Club.
Murray is also expected to play at this year’s Wimbledon in the doubles event, with his first appearance on court since his emotional first-round defeat at the Australian Open in January set to create a huge stir.
Murray has yet to decide whether he can make a return to singles action, with his brother Jamie telling Tennis365 earlier this month that the two-time Wimbledon champion is making good progress in his recovery.
“He’s doing alright, he’s taking things slowly,” said the elder of the Grand Slam winning Murray brothers.
“He’s on track with his recovery and what he is supposed to be doing now. It has been about four months or so. He is taking it slow and is not putting a time limit on things, which is smart as he doesn’t need to.
“He is trying to get his hip as strong as he possibly can and when he gets back out on court training, he’s in the best possible situation to find out what level he can get back to.
“It’s impossible to tell (how far he can get). No-one has done the surgery and come back to play singles, so for him, there are a lot of unknowns. For him, it’s about getting his body as strong as he can and when he does get back training, he gives himself the best chance of knowing what is possible and what’s not.”
Jamie has also confirmed that he will not play the Wimbledon doubles event with his brother this year, even though he has recently split with partner Bruno Soares.
“I don’t think we are going to play doubles at Wimbledon this year,” confirmed Murray. “I know a lot of people have talked about that, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.
“We’d both like to (play doubles at Wimbledon) one day. Obviously, it was talked about this year after what happened (to Andy) in Australia, but I don’t think it’s going to happen this year.
“For me, these are the peak years in my career and if I go to play Wimbledon with someone who hasn’t hit a tennis ball in eight months, I’m kinda giving up one of those years so that’s a big decision for me to take.
“Circumstances might dictate otherwise, but I want to give myself the best chance of winning the tournament and normally I would have a good chance with Andy, but probably right now he’s not in his peak moment.”
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