'Life-changing' operation rekindles returning Murray's love of tennis

Tanya Simon
June 18, 2019

I hadn't shanked a ball for the last 12 or 13 rounds I had played and I had three on the first hole. "That is obviously not the way you would want to stop so I hope this gives Andy the opportunity to play as long as he wants and then when he does retire, it allows him to do it on his own terms". "It was a nice situation to have to play quite a lot of matches back to back". Of course, he's one of the greatest players ever and he's still playing great.

"Just to see him back healthy and happy on court is all that matters".

At the Queen's Club Championships, rain meant there was no play on Tuesday.

"Last year I lost to Petra (Kvitova), the year before Coco (Vandeweghe), so I've played some very capable players, especially on this surface".

Murray also hopes to play in the Wimbledon doubles next month, although he has not said whom he will play with. "I felt like it was actually quite a nice progression really from all the rehab I've been doing and getting back on the court and seeing how I feel on a match court playing doubles and then that will give me some information about where I'm at and maybe things I need to improve."Murray and Lopez made a decision to play together at this event via a series of messages".

"There are loads of players and it is still about having the love and enjoyment for the sport without being able to win the biggest competitions".

"My goal is still to get back to playing singles, that's what I would like to do ultimately", Murray said.

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Now the former world number one is back on court alongside 37-year-old Lopez, saying his priority is simply enjoying the sport which has brought him two Wimbledon titles, a US Open crown and two Olympic gold medals.

"I feel lucky, I feel pretty relaxed, I didn't expect to be in this position, didn't know how I was going to feel if I had the operation".

"It is only a matter of character and feeling responsible for what we are doing on the court", he said. "Although it is different to what I am used to, I'm fine with that". Murray looks younger, more relaxed, and his body-language is more up-beat. I'm looking forward to getting back out there, but I also don't know what to expect and I'm not having expectations on myself because just being out on a tennis court again and being comfortable and pain free is enough. But it has been brilliant, completely life-changing for me from where I was. "I'll enjoy competing, I've enjoyed practising, hitting tennis balls and doing all the things that I couldn't do even a few months ago". He will be playing in Fever-Tree Championship in the doubles, an idea he didn't like before.

"Now that I get the chance to play again, you remember the things that are actually important, the reasons for why you actually start doing something, why you play a certain sport, do a certain job".

Murray and Lopez will face Colombian top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah when the tournament gets under way.

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