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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