Who is Andy Murray’s doubles partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert, and has he played at Wimbledon before?

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ANDY MURRAY is set to make his Wimbledon comeback.

The former World No1 had hip surgery in January and could return to singles action for the US Open, with Pierre-Hugues Herbert set to play alongside him in the men’s doubles at SW19.

Murray played with Brazilian doubles veteran Marcelo Melo on the south coast but they were soundly beaten 6-2 6-4 in 68 minutes by Juan Cabal and Robert Farah
Murray played with Brazilian doubles veteran Marcelo Melo on the south coast but they were soundly beaten 6-2 6-4 in 68 minutes by Juan Cabal and Robert Farah
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Who is Andy ‘s doubles partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert?

A RIGHT-HANDED power hitter, Herbert was born in Alsace, France in 1991.

The talented Frenchman won a host of titles as a teenager, including the Wimbledon boys’ doubles championship with partner Kevin Krawietz in 2009.

He reached as high as No9 in the junior singles world rankings in October the same year, before eventually turning pro in 2013.

In singles Grand Slams, the furthest he has progressed is Round Three, but it’s in doubles where he has excelled.

Herbert has won a Career Grand Slam in the men’s doubles, sweeping the board with usual partner Nicolas Mahut.

His most recent triumph came in the 2019 Australian open, where he and Mahut saw off Henri Kontinen and John Peers in straight-sets earlier this year.

Initially, the 28-year-old Herbert had ruled out playing in this year’s Wimbledon doubles.

But he performed a U-turn when approached by Murray, who is recovering from hip surgery and isn’t playing in this year’s singles.

Herbert will partner Murray at this year’s Wimbledon
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Speaking about his decision to partner the Brit, Herbert told L’Equipe: “Since I was a kid, I dreamt to play on the biggest courts in crazy environments.

“Playing with Murray, who is making his comeback, after hip surgery, is enormous. He can teach me things, sharing a side of the court with him is an experience I will never forget.

“Everything started in Madrid when Jamie Delgado, Andy’s coach, came to see me saying that Andy was thinking to comeback for the doubles, but he did not know what to expect.

“He had thought about me. After the French Open finished, my coach remembered me to ask him.

“And at that moment, I told myself that even if I had not planned to play doubles, there was no problem and that it would be an unbelievable experience in my career and so I said yes.”


Has he played at Wimbledon before?

THIS will be the fifth time Herbert has played in the men’s doubles event at Wimbledon.

He failed to get past the first round in 2014, but won the event alongside Mahut in 2016 – the year that Murray won his last singles title.

In that final he saw off fellow Frenchman Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in straight sets.

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