Andy Murray says he is pain free and optimistic for the future after making his return to action in the Queen’s doubles on Thursday. The 32-year-old feared his career could be over after struggling with a hip injury, but after undergoing surgery in January there is hope he can play on.
Murray was back on court alongside Spain’s Feliciano Lopez at the Fever-Tree Championships as they defeated Colombian top seeds Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal 7-6 (7-5) 6-3. “It was brilliant. I enjoyed it a lot,” Murray told BBC Sport. “I was a bit slow at the beginning and got better as the match went on. “I’m fortunate to be back playing again.
“Leading up to the match I was quite relaxed but I was a bit nervous when we started walking to the court. You want the nerves and the butterflies in the stomach and I had that.” Murray will now see how he progresses but feel optimistic for the future.
“I have zero discomfort in my hip after the match. Nothing. And if I had done this last year, I’d be here aching, throbbing, and feel bad the next day,” he added. “So I’ll just keep pushing and see how it goes. But I feel optimistic about the future. I don’t know how long it will take to get to that level, but, hopefully not too long.”