‘I’ve Been Rejected So Far’: Murray Seeking Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Partner
(ven., 21 juin 2019)
Even rejection can’t dampen Andy Murray’s good spirits as he makes his comeback from hip surgery.
Murray, who made a winning return in doubles action on Thursday evening at The Queen’s Club, will be teaming
up with Marcelo Melo next week in Eastbourne and with Pierre-Hugues Herbert at SW19. But the two-time Wimbledon singles champion has yet to find anyone to play mixed doubles with at the
“I have spoken to a couple of players. I've been rejected a couple of times so far,” he said with a smile. “I sort of asked a couple of people to play, but I need to wait and see how I'm feeling
first, and if I feel good, then I would like to [play mixed doubles].”
When asked what reasons would anyone have for rejecting him, Murray responded, “I can think of many (smiling). 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
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Murray has reason to be confident that things will work out considering what happened with his partner in the men’s doubles draw. Herbert initially planned to play only singles, but later had a
change of heart when he considered the opportunity to play with Murray at Wimbledon.
“My coach saw him a little while ago and told him that I might be playing doubles at Wimbledon,” said Murray. “He 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…
“And then, I can't remember exactly how long, but a couple of weeks ago, [he] got in touch. He said maybe [he] would play... And then I'm assuming he spoke with his team and thought it might be a
nice thing to do.”
Murray and Herbert will be joining forces for the first time, but are both 2016 Wimbledon champions. Murray claimed the singles title that year with victory over Milos Raonic in the final, while
Herbert teamed up with countryman Nicolas Mahut to win the doubles titles.
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After Winning Return At Queen's, Murray Targets Wimbledon
(Thu, 20 Jun 2019)
After all of his injury troubles, it could be said that Andy Murray deserves a bit of luck.
Pairing with Feliciano Lopez at the Fever-Tree Championships, the Brit hit two consecutive netcord winners to clinch the opening set and rode the momentum to defeat top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal
and Robert Farah 7-6(5), 6-3. Murray was competing in his first match since undergoing hip surgery after the Australian Open.
"I expected to enjoy the match because I told myself I was going to regardless of what happened," said Murray. "To feel as well as I did there -- not perfect in terms of everything like my
movement, but pain-free...I enjoyed it. I feel like I'm going to continue to progress."
The victory gave Murray his first ATP Tour grass-court doubles win since reaching the quarter-finals here in 2010. Next up for Lopez/Murray are the British pair of Daniel Evans and Ken Skupski or
the #NextGenATP duo of Alex de Minaur and Felix Auger-Aliassime.
An all-Murray match is also still in the cards. Should Murray/Lopez and the British pair of Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski win their next matches on Friday, the brothers will face off in the
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Murray also confirmed he will team up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert at Wimbledon. The Frenchman has focused on singles since completing the career doubles Grand Slam with Nicolas Mahut this year in
Melbourne, but the opportunity to team up with the former World No. 1 was too good to pass up.
“He had said to my coach that he wasn’t going to be playing doubles at Wimbledon,” said Murray. “A couple of weeks ago, [he] got in touch, said maybe [he] would like to play. I’m asssuming he
spoke with his team and thought it might be a nice thing to do.”
There were no break points in the opening set of Murray's comeback match on Thursday. An incredible behind-the-back lob from Cabal helped bring the Colombian duo to 5/5 in the first-set
tie-break, but Murray’s volley and forehand netcord winners in the next two points wrapped up the opening set.
The Brit grew in confidence as the match progressed. He ripped a pair of forehand return winners to secure the first break of the match at 3-2 in the second set. The slight advantage was all
Lopez/Murray needed. Aggressive volleying from Lopez as he served for the match at 5-3 helped seal the win in 75 minutes.
The other seeded teams in action on Thursday had better fortune. Second seeds Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares rallied to defeat Lucas Pouille and Stan Wawrinka 5-7, 6-3, 10-5. They’ll play Rajeev Ram
and Joe Salisbury for a place in the last four.
Third seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers hung tough to defeat Robert Lindstedt and Artem Sitak 7-6(5), 3-6, 10-3. Next up for them are Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski, who delighted the home crowd
by moving past French pair Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-6(5), 1-6, 10-7.
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