Monday 19 August 2019
Select a region

Andy Murray: I’d be surprised if I didn’t face brother Jamie at Queen’s Club

Andy Murray: I’d be surprised if I didn’t face brother Jamie at Queen’s Club

Wednesday 12 June 2019

Andy Murray: I’d be surprised if I didn’t face brother Jamie at Queen’s Club

Andy Murray feels a sense of inevitability that he will face brother Jamie at Queen’s Club next week.

The former world number one will step up his bid to return from the hip surgery he underwent in January when he competes in the doubles with Feliciano Lopez at the Fever-Tree Championships.

A few weeks ago the Murray brothers discussed playing together at the tournament, but with Andy’s recovery still in its early stages it was decided that doubles specialist Jamie should find a more reliable partner.

Andy (left) and Jamie Murray
Andy Murray, left, hopes to play at Eastbourne the following week (Jane Barlow/PA)

Jamie has instead teamed up with fellow Briton Neal Skupski, while Andy will make his tentative return alongside Spanish veteran Lopez.

“I discussed potentially playing with my brother a month, six weeks ago, but I had barely started hitting balls at that stage,” said Andy Murray.

“We spoke about it and I told him that it was not certain that I will be ready to play and I also don’t particularly want to let him down two minutes before the tournament.

“I wanted to wait a bit closer to the time before making a decision over whether I was going to play.

“With Feli, I was looking at guys to potentially play with in this tournament and ones I would be able to get in without taking a wild card from one of the other British grasscourt teams.

“Feli is a very good grasscourt player and someone I have always get on well with on the tour. He plays good doubles, he is a good partner.

“If I play (against) Jamie then I’d definitely be trying to win, of course. It’s bound to end up happening, I’d imagine. I wouldn’t be surprised if that was how the draw came out.”

Murray hopes to play at Eastbourne the following week, possibly with Lopez, but the 32-year-old Scot still needs a partner for Wimbledon.

“I’ve just spoken to a few players who are a bit more relaxed about whether I can play or not,” he added.

“So not necessarily doubles specialists, but guys that if I was able to would be up for playing, but likewise if I’m not, they’re fine as well. So we’ll see.”

If all goes to plan three-time grand slam winner Murray hopes to be back in singles action later this year, although he has put no time frame on his return.

Murray has linked up with Amazon Prime Video to create a biennial award which will support young British tennis talent.

The Prime Video Future Talent Award will select one male and one female player to receive a total of £60,000 in funding over a two-year cycle.

Amazon also announced it had won exclusive rights to show the top women’s tournaments in a four-year deal from 2020.

Sign up to newsletter



Comments on this story express the views of the commentator only, not Bailiwick Publishing. We are unable to guarantee the accuracy of any of those comments.

Once your comment has been submitted, it won’t appear immediately. There is no need to submit it more than once. Comments are published at the discretion of Bailiwick Publishing, and will include your username.

There are no comments for this article.

To place a comment please login

You have landed on the Bailiwick Express website, however it appears you are based in . Would you like to stay on the site, or visit the site?