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Murray returns from injury ‘with zero expectations’

Andy Murray Wimbledon 2017

Andy Murray: ‘not the end of the world’


 

Andy Murray will play at the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s this week marking his return to competitive tennis after hip surgery in January.

The three-time Grand Slam winner, 31, faces the Australian world number 24 Nick Kyrgios in the first round.

The Scot’s last competitive appearance was at Wimbledon last July when he was defeated in the quarter-final by American Sam Querrey. Since then he has slipped down the rankings. The former world number one is now 157th in the world.

He won the US Open in 2012, Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016, and has lifted the Queen’s title a record five times, but says he has “zero expectations” for Queen’s and may have to accept his best days are over.

“I would love to get back to the top of the game but if not, that’s OK. It’s not the end of the world if I don’t,” he said.

Twelve-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, who has struggled with his form,  will play a qualifier.

World number four Juan Martin del Potro, another player plagued by injurty, would have been top seed but pulled out of the tournament on Friday on the advice of his medical team.

Murray had hoped to make his return at this week’s Libema Open in the Netherlands, and he left his decision on Queen’s until he was 100% ready. He played two sets against British number three Cameron Norrie on Friday.

New British number one Kyle Edmund will play American Ryan Harrison, while Dan Evans, who be playing his first ATP Tour event since a year’s ban for taking cocaine, faces France’s Adrian Mannarino.

 



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