Rafael Nadal happy to see ‘important player’ Andy Murray back in action

Rafael Nadal press conference

Rafael Nadal has expressed his delight at Andy Murray’s return to competitive tennis, saying “everyone should be happy to see him back”.

Having undergone hip resurfacing surgery at the end of January, Murray finally made his comeback in the doubles at Queen’s Club three weeks ago.

And he will continue that comeback this week when he partners Frenchman Pierre-Herbert Hughes in the men’s doubles at the All England Club.

Asked about Murray’s comeback, Nadal replied: “Everybody should be happy to see him back. He is one of the most important players of our sport in the past 10 years. It’s good news when we have the top players back. Most important thing, [I am] happy for him personally that he’s able to keep playing.”

Murray has indicated that he could return to singles later in the year, but for now it is a case of wait and see.

“Hopefully he will have the chance to keep playing in singles,” Nadal said. “But anyway, he’s able to enjoy tennis again without much pain, as I heard. That’s the main thing and the most important thing.

“I know how tough it is being injured, when you want to recover and you don’t find the solution… [I am] happy to see him on court again and enjoying [it].”

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