Andy Murray begins comeback with doubles at Queen's Club

Andy Murray begins comeback with doubles at Queen's Club

The former World No. 1 will make his return on the doubles court with partner Feliciano Lopez.

Andy Murray begins his comeback from hip surgery this week at the Queen's Club, where he is playing doubles with Feliciano Lopez.

It will be his first competitive appearance since a five-set exit in the first round of the Australian Open, which was followed by a hip-resurfacing surgery that left his career in doubt.

"I feel pretty relaxed. I didn’t expect to be in this position," he said in a pre-event press conference at Queen's. "I’m not putting any expectations on myself because just being on the tennis court again and being comfortable and pain-free is enough."

Though initially unsure whether he should have the surgery, Murray described it as "brilliant," saying it had allowed him to return to enjoying everyday activities and to like being on court again.

"I didn’t want to play anymore. I was getting no enjoyment out of tennis anymore, whether that be training, practice, matches—winning matches wasn’t really bothered either because it wasn’t fun. Now it’s just nice—I like playing tennis," he said. "I want to keep playing if I can because I enjoy it."

Though the 32-year-old has said he would not have a problem if he couldn't play again, he strongly suggested that he is aiming for a full comeback.

"My goal is still to get back to playing singles," he said. "Probably it was six to eight weeks ago I was just chatting with my team about the best way to get back onto the court again singles-wise. I felt like it was actually quite a nice progression really from all the rehab I’ve been doing and getting back on the court... will give me some information about where I’m at and maybe things I need to improve."

Murray and Lopez will play top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the first round.