Organisers hopeful Andy Murray will be fit for Queen’s as five-time singles champion targets full return in grass-court season
- Andy Murray has been out of action since November due to pelvic bruising
- Former world No 1 is a five-time champion at Queen’s Club, last winning in 2016
- He was announced on the 2020 player shortlist alongside Feliciano Lopez
- Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas have committed to this year’s event
Officials at the Fever-Tree Championships are hoping Andy Murray will be fit enough to make his singles return at Queen’s Club.
The former world No 1 is currently sidelined again through injury, this time pelvic bruising that has kept him out of action since November, with no indication yet when he will be able to make his comeback.
Providing he can find a solution to the problem, which has restricted him to work in the gym, it is looking increasingly likely Murray may not compete – at the top level anyway – until the grass-court season.
Andy Murray has not played yet this year after suffering from pelvic bruising in November
The Brit has won the singles title five times at Queen’s Club, the last being in 2016 (above)
Time is fast running out for him to play on hard courts while clay, which he has not played on since his hip problems emerged in 2017, is the most demanding surface physically.
That could mean a return at Queen’s Club in mid-June, where he played for the first time following hip surgery in 2018 and again in 2019 after his second operation, although only in doubles.
Murray went on to win the title – his first in doubles after five singles successes at Queen’s – with Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.
Lopez also won the title in singles and he will return along with top-10 duo Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Murray won the doubles at the Fever-Tree Championships in 2019 alongside Feliciano Lopez
Last year’s US Open runner-up Daniil Medvedev has committed to the 2020 Queen’s event
Tournament director Stephen Farrow said: ‘We are thrilled to be have received early commitments to play in the Fever-Tree Championships from two top-10 players in Daniil and Stefanos, and such legendary figures at the Queen’s Club in Feliciano and Andy.
‘Daniil and Stefanos have shown that they can beat anyone in the world, Feliciano’s win last year was incredibly emotional and uplifting, and Andy is our greatest champion.
‘We know Andy is still working his way back to fitness, but we also know that he wants to play, so fingers crossed that he will be able to.’
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