Murray In Queen’s Doubles; Tsitsipas, Del Potro, Wawrinka In Singles

by Staff | June 16th, 2019, 11:33 am

The big story this upcoming week is the return of Andy Murray… but to doubles. The former World No. 1 is playing his first event of any kind since undergoing hip surgery back in January.

Murray hopes to play doubles at Wimbledon as well, then get back to singles at some point in the future if things go well.

“I’d like to try and play every week if I can, but I sort of want to wait and see. I feel good just now. I’ve been practicing, playing doubles sets and stuff, and doing fine,” said Murray. “But obviously once you get back on a match court, that’s when you can really test yourself. I’d imagine after here I’d get a better idea of where I’m at.

“Providing everything goes fine, I’ll try and play through the grass in doubles. And then after that, I won’t just finish playing doubles at Wimbledon and then [go] straight onto the singles court. I still need time to build up again and do another block of rehab and training to get myself in that position, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Murray will join Feliciano Lopez in the doubles event. They will meet the top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.

In the singles competition, Stefanos Tsitsipas leads a loaded field which includes Kevin Anderson, Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic, Juan Martin del Potro and Canadians Milos Raonic and Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Among the many excellent first round matches, del Potro faces Denis Shapovalov, Cilic collides with Christian Garin, Augur-Aliassime gets Grigor Dimitrivo and Tsitsipas takes on Brit hope Kyle Edmund.

Projected quarterfinal match-ups: 1 Tsitsipas v 8 Auger-Aliassime, 3 Del Potro v 6 Raonic, 5 Cilic v 4 Medvedev, 7 Wawrinka v 2 Anderson.

Last year, Cilic edged Novak Djokovic in the final.

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22 Comments for Murray In Queen’s Doubles; Tsitsipas, Del Potro, Wawrinka In Singles

RZ Says:

Yay! I’ve missed Andy. Glad that he’s back. (Though the draw gods could have been nicer and not put him and Feli against the top seeds in his first match)

j-kath Says:

Goes to show no preference to UK stars/no cheating on draws – even if the only one they really have is Andy…is good but sadly doesn’t feel like that!!! C’est la vie!

Andy Mira Says:

That’s alright JK…What matters now is Andy is back…Let’s hope no setback of any kind for him,so he can play & slowly rebuild his body & game for the single return later this year okay?…

Oh btw….if u watch his match,would u please gives your verdict here JK?Can’t wait to read your’s & everybody’s comments about his 1st match….

Colin Says:

JKath, I don’t think Andy is quite the only high class player we have. Kyle Edmund has some good victories to his credit, but doesn’t seem quite strong enough physically.
As usual the tiresome online folk who are obsessed with nationality point out that Kyle was born in South Africa and has a South African mother. Big deal – Kyle came here when he was three, and just think about Winston Churchill, whose mother was American. He nonetheless regularly tops votes for greatest Englishman. In my far-from-humble opinion he was nothing of the sort. Who was greater? Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, and Charles Darwin, with my vote going to Darwin as the person who has altered our way of looking at our world.
Also, Churchill was a man of his time and class, and was both racist and anti-Semitic.

j-kath Says:

Colin: For me, it’s OK to acknowlege Kyle Edmunds as a reasonably good player who is youthful enough to improve, but (and there is a big BUT)- Kyle is unlikely to improve significantly beyond his average No. 30 position any time soon or any time in the future.
Andy’s record includes recognition of his much higher average ranking at No. 4 plus his swings to the top eg Olympic Gold and a taste of being No. 1…….far, far above Kyle.

As for Churchill…..his character may well be unsavoury – but who cares – without him, the whole of the UK and many, many other countries would have had different futures…plus the agony of the Jewish nation was ended, even if he was anti-Semitic. He didn’t do it all by himself – eventually half the world joined in – history suggests that the USA only came in because of Pearl Harbour.

Andy-Mira: Andy plays Wednesday – bad weather is forecast – and yes, I’ll report back to you.

RZ Says:

Looks like they have moved Andy’s match back until tomorrow due to schedule reshuffling.

j-kath Says:

A-M and RZ:

Andy’s double match is scheduled for 4.30pm today.

Andy Mira Says:

Oh really JK?…Grrreattt!!…I will follow his match only from flashscores of coz!…and tq mucho for the info!

C,mon Andy!

RZ Says:

Thanks J-Kath. I hope it’s a good one!

RZ Says:

Sounds like DelPo has refractured his kneecap and could miss Wimbledon. That man can’t catch a break!

Giles Says:

Not “could” miss Wimbledon but “will” miss Wimbledon. Really bad luck for him.

RZ Says:

Very bad luck for DelPo. Now that Haas has officially retired, I suppose DelPo becomes president of the injury club?

j-kath Says:

A-M & RZ: Andy soon on court – will report back as often as possible….. the need to give Name/Mail/Website each time an irritation and time waster.

Andy a cheer as he enters

1) CHAT: (Opponents are 7 times GS winners!!! – says Sue)
2) Kim is present but looks anxious…..(positively hoping he doesn’t slip…oh dear).
3)You’ll see score on Flashcore as I try to finish cooking my dinner…ho ho.
4) Andy held serve.
Dining now – be back later. PS: Andy very mobile.

j-kath Says:

A-M /RZ:

Andy a wee slip on grass – but didn’t seem to bother him. Andy playing pretty good.

j-kath Says:


He was great – moved a bit carefully on the grass – he looked reasonably calm with no frowns throughout.
Seeyah. Bye.

RZ Says:

Thanks for the match report J-Kath. I was only able to check in on the scores occasionally. Great to see him comeback with a win, especially against a tough team.

Colin Says:

I enjoyed that, and I think I feel relieved more than anything. There was no obvious stiffness from Andy, and he seemed to be enjoying himself. His reflexes are in fine shape, and that over-the-shoulder backhand was going well. Having beaten the top seeds, Andy and Feliciano can reasonably be optimistic about this tournament. Let’s hope the rain holds off.

Andy Mira Says:

Thank u so much for the match reports JK!….Really appreciate your effort!….Sorry!a little bit late to respond….and Yesss!!…Alhamdulillah!!…WIN!!…Whoooo!!…
Oh wow!…beating the top seeds!!….no wonder Andy thinks they can win the tourney!….Andy/Feli for the title!

I’m also very happy to read that his movement was not restricted at all….No uncomfortableness etc…yes!..Alhamdulillah for that too!

C’mon Andy!…I knew u could do it!

RZ Says:

At Wimbledon Andy is playing doubles with PHH. That should be good. Apparently he hasn’t been able to find a mixed doubles partner yet (whaaat???). Has asked a few but they’ve turned him down. Apparently he asked Barty (before she won the French) and she told him he could do better.

j-kath Says:

RZ: Maybe Andy’s looking for a female soul-mate (otherwise surely Jo Konta would have been a possibility)? Even in his “heyday” Andy loved a laugh in his very short mixed doubles career – i.e. the London Olympics. On the other hand, he will want to win as well as finding a compatible partner.

RZ Says:

J-Kath, I’m sure he’s looking for someone he can have fun with as well as play well. But part of the issue is also who plays doubles well. Konta isn’t a good doubles players as far as I know. I’ve seen a bunch of Twitter users suggest Venus, who is an excellent doubles player, but she would be focused on winning the singles and could end up bailing on doubles.

Some of the women players have now stepped forward – Strycova and Flipkens among them. Both would be good partners for Andy. Someone suggested Sharapova but she’s not very good at doubles. I’m guessing Heather Watson, who is quite good at doubles, is planning to play with Henri Kontinen again, as they have had a lot of success at Wimbledon in the past.

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