Feliciano Lopez hopes doubles will be gateway to playing singles again for ‘good friend’ Andy Murray

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Feliciano Lopez says the doubles partnership with Andy Murray for Queen’s “all happened very quickly”, but he is hopeful it will be a springboard to singles for the Brit.

Having undergone career-saving hip resurfacing surgery in January, three-time Grand Slam winner Murray will make his competitive comeback in two weeks’ time at the Fever-Tree Championship.

He will team up with Spaniard Lopez with Queen’s officials confirming on Monday that they accepted a wildcard to play in the doubles.

“Andy is a great competitor, one of the best competitors I’ve ever played and seen,” Lopez said. “I’m very happy for him because the way he left before was very sad – especially with him who is the most professional guy. He’s been doing everything in order to play again.

“Most of all, I am very happy that Andy can compete again after his injury. It will be great to see him on a tennis court again.

“You are just pleased that he is training and feeling no pain on his hip. And I really hope that this will lead to him being able to compete in singles again.”

Murray revealed on Monday that he has been pain-free for several months and Lopez admits he is delighted to partner up with his “good friend”.

“I don’t think he would have asked otherwise. He approached me and it all happened very quickly in the end. He is a good friend and I am extremely happy that it is me who will be playing with him,” he said.

It remains to be seen if Murray will compete at Wimbledon, which starts July 1, but Lopez believes the singles is probably out of the question for this year’s event at SW19.

“Of course he would love to play Wimbledon [singles] but for the moment it’s too much I think,” he said.

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