Former British number one and three-time Grand Slam singles champions Andy Murray is set to take another step in his comeback from hip surgery by playing alongside Brazilian Marcelo Melo in Eastbourne doubles Next week.
Murray will make his competitive return alongside Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in the doubles at Queen’s this week and their match has been pushed back to Thursday after rain washed out play in London on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old Scotish tennis star had a hip resurfacing operation in January and has part of his prgress to return to the court he has linked up with 37-year-old Lopez in a short-term arrangement at Queen’s, playing again just five months after being seemingly resigned to retirement because of the “constant pain” in his hip.
Now he will play with 35-year-old Melo on the south coast, while it has not been confirmed who Murray is set to partner if he plays at Wimbledon next month.
Former world number one doubles player Melo is a two-time Grand Slam men’s doubles champion, having won the 2015 French Open and 2017 Wimbledon titles, and is currently fourth in the doubles rankings.
It would be recalled that no player has ever resumed a singles career after a hip resurfacing operation, however American doubles player Bob Bryan returned five months after the surgery in 2018.
By Olukayode Oniwinde