Andy Murray ready to go again at Eastbourne after declaring himself ‘really happy’ with fitness

Andy Murray training at Queen's

Andy Murray says that aside from a small back complaint he is ‘really happy with how he feels’ as he looks to continue his comeback at Eastbourne.

The former British and world number one won the doubles at Queen’s with Feliciano Lopez on his comeback to tennis after hip surgery.

It was essentially a stress test to see how his body would cope with a return to competitive tennis, and he says it’s still looking positive.

“My back’s just a bit stiff and sore,” Murray said ahead of the tournament, in which he will partner Marcelo Melo against top seeds Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Caba on Tuesday.

“We had just a light practice (on Monday) and rested up and hopefully feel alright.

“I haven’t played a match in five months, and playing obviously doubles, which is new to me, playing three or four doubles matches in a couple of days anyway.

“Most players, when they come back from a big operation and haven’t played for five months, you’d expect to be a bit stiff and sore in a few places. But overall I’m really happy with how I feel.”

“We hit for like 30, 40 minutes and then we chatted about the match and the thing that he likes to do on the court and the signals and how he likes to play.

“I was anticipating we’d probably play a bit more; me and Feli were playing quite conventional doubles, and (Melo) expects a lot more moving around at the net.

“So that will be again a different sort of challenge, but it can also be very effective if done well.

“(I’ve previously) played a little bit of doubles with him. He’s good fun. Pretty laid-back guy. Hopefully we’ll do well.”

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