Why is Andy Murray only playing doubles at Wimbledon, and has he retired from singles?

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ONE of the greats is returning to the All England Club this July.

For the first time since 2017, Andy Murray will take to the famous lawn greens of SW19 – but will only be battling it out in the doubles tournament.

Murray won Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016
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Why is Andy Murray only playing doubles at Wimbledon?

TWO-TIME Wimbledon winner Murray last played in the singles competition back in 2017, where as defending champion he reached the quarter-finals.

But on his return to the All England Club this summer, he will not feature in the men’s singles.

Instead Murray will focus his attention on the doubles tournament as he fights back from potentially career-ending hip surgery.

After taking most of the 2017 season off with intense pain, the Scot decided in January 2018 to go under the knife in a bid to save his career.

And after a year away from the court, he returned in the Australian Open early this year – only to drop out in tears after revealing the daily agony he had to endure.

Murray’s career looked over, but he underwent further surgery in January 2019 which has put him back on the court.

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Just five months after the radical treatment, he won the Queens doubles tournament with Feliciano Lopez and will now have a shot at the Wimbledon doubles title.

But with his injury issues still nagging away in the background, the Brit isn’t rushing his return and won’t be competing in the singles.

The Scot had approached a number of female stars about the possibility of forming a mixed partnership at this year’s Championships, but may yet choose to concentrate solely on the mens doubles.

Murray said: “Physically I’m fine. I’am having second thoughts about playing in the mixed doubles because I have spoken to a few people and they say matches can get backed up at the end of the tournament.

“I’ll need to speak to my team before making a decision.”


Has he retired from singles?

BACK in January and that tearful news conference, it looked like the end for one of Britain’s sporting greats.

Nobody expected Murray to make the recovery he has – and he hasn’t retired from singles competition.

Although he won’t be playing at Wimbledon this summer, there is talk of a return at the US Open in August.

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