Andy Murray to play Wimbledon doubles after career-saving operation

Brena Riker
2 min readApr 10, 2021

Alongside Feliciano Lopez at Queen's Club, the Scot won his first doubles match since a career-saving hip operation six months ago and now has his sights set on success at Wimbledon.

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Murray confirmed he would be partnering up with France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert at the grass-court major and was looking forward to the challenge.

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Herbert has won all four grand slam doubles titles and, like Murray in the singles in 2016, clinched victory at Wimbledon that year, partnering with Nicolas Mahut.

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"He (Herbert) had said to my coach he wasn't going to be playing doubles at Wimbledon. He was going to concentrate on singles at the French Open and Wimbledon," said Murray.

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"And then, I can't remember exactly how long, but a couple of weeks ago, [he] got in touch. I'm assuming he spoke with his team and thought it might be a nice thing to do."

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Barty rejection

Despite having a good chance of success in the doubles, Murray is also looking to take part in the mixed doubles.

However, despite being a former world No. 1, finding a partner is proving difficult.

"I have spoken to a couple of players. I've been rejected a couple of times so far," Murray joked.

"I asked singles players who had already committed to playing doubles, and they didn't want to commit to playing in three events, which I completely understand because it's a lot.

"If you have ambitions to go far in the singles, you maybe don't want to commit to playing all three."

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In his column for BBC Sport, Murray revealed newly-crowned French Open champion Ashleigh Barty was one of those women to reject his request, with the Australian opting to focus on the singles.

"Of course, I understood that," wrote Murray. "It is a shame we can't play together because I want the best partner possible."

Murray's presence at Wimbledon is somewhat of a bonus after the Scot seemed close to saying goodbye to tennis at the Australian Open in January.

He had been struggling to deal with ongoing pain from a long-standing hip problem but said he was now pain free for the first time in a long time.

"I have no pain in my hip any more. I was in pain for a long time," he told CNN Sport in March.

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