Andy Murray prepares for his competitive return to action in Rome after gaining entry to the Italian Open doubles tournament with Liam Broady as a substitute.
- Andy Murray returns to competitive action at the Italian Open this week
- The 33-year-old had traveled to Rome purely for training
- However, he and Liam Broady have been included in the doubles as alternates
Andy Murray’s competitive comeback is due to a windfall that was probably overdue this year.
The 33-year-old Scot traveled to the Italian Open in Rome over the weekend with the intention of purely practicing with high-caliber players in anticipation of his expected return to singles action next week in Geneva or Lyon.
When he found Liam Broady at the tournament, and was satisfied with his first sparring session against Novak Djokovic, Murray and his fellow Briton decided to set themselves up as substitutes for the doubles in the event of a late withdrawal.
Andy Murray returns to competitive action in Rome this week in the doubles Italian Open
With relatively few players waiting on the site due to current restrictions, they unexpectedly got a place in the doubles when the brothers scratched Tsitsipas on Tuesday.
So it means that Murray will hit the track this week, although there may be a delay due to bad weather that has hit the Italian capital.
As wildcards for the upcoming French Open are being debated early next week – and Murray isn’t sure he’ll get one with his singles ranking still at 123 – the timing is right, because in Paris they want to check if he’s in in good condition to warrant one.
On Sunday, Murray batted world No. 1 Djokovic and the widespread video footage may have helped his cause.
The two-time Wimbledon champion trained with Novak Djokovic on Monday
British No. 2 Cam Norrie doesn’t need a privileged entry, taking his 19th win of the season in the ATP Tour on Tuesday to make it to the second round in Rome with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Roberto from Spain. Caballes Baena. He now plays the Spaniard who beat him at the US Open last year, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
Rafael Nadal, who was preparing for his match in the second round there, became the latest high-profile tennis player to doubt whether or not he will play at the Olympics this summer.
Serena Williams and Japanese Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori have also questioned whether they will play in Tokyo in what will be a concern for the IOC.
“In a normal world, I will never talk about missing the Olympics,” said Nadal. ‘I don’t know under these circumstances. Let’s take a look at what’s going on in the coming months. I cannot answer the question. ‘
British No. 2 Cam Norrie booked his 19th victory of the season in the ATP Tour on Tuesday