Monday, June 24, 2019

Murray wins Queen's doubles title

Murray wins Queen's doubles title
Murray wins Queen's doubles title

Andy Murray won the doubles title at Queen's Club with Feliciano Lopez after a long time away from the courts.

Murray, who had hip surgery in February, and Lopez beat Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram 7-6(6) 5-7 10-5.

Sunday's title was Murray's first with what he described as a "metal hip", his first anywhere since winning in Dubai in 2017 and one that proved he may well have something more to offer having believed his career was all but over in January.

"I mean, look, this is very different for me, and it's more special than a lot of the singles tournaments that I have won for a lot of different reasons," Murray, who celebrated winning match point in ecstatic fashion, told reporters.

"Like, I just won the doubles here with Feli, you know, with a metal hip. It's mental, really. That's a cool thing to be able to have done, just because of probably where I was a few months ago. And at times, even as far as just two months ago.

"I just wasn't thinking about this. I was just really, really happy just to be pain-free and enjoying life, literally just doing normal things. So it's really special."

Murray, who had hip resurfacing surgery after years of playing in pain, will play doubles in Eastbourne next week with Marcelo Melo and then partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert at Wimbledon where he also hopes to play mixed.