Andy Murray receives second invitation to return to Wimbledon in 2025 doubles event

Thursday, 11 July 2024 at 11:56
Andy Murray received a second invitation to return to Wimbledon in 2025 for the doubles event. The former world No. 1 is preparing for his retirement in a few weeks at the Paris 2024 Olympics, although talks of a possible comeback in 2025 have already surfaced.
A few days ago, former world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty asked Murray to be her partner in the mixed doubles legends event, and now veteran Spanish player Feliciano Lopez, former world No. 12, has expressed interest in reuniting with Murray after their Queen's Club championships win in 2019.

Feliciano Lopez eager to reunite with Andy Murray 

Lopez retired in 2023 but returned this year to Wimbledon in the doubles invitation event, playing alongside Jeremy Chardy as retired players. When asked if he would revive the partnership with Murray in 2025, the 5-time Davis Cup champion said, "Of course. I would love to, I would love to."
The 42-year-old left-hander then sent a message to Murray, hoping for a reunion next year: "Andy, I’m waiting for you for next year's invitational. I hope this time you don’t say no," he smiled.
Lopez mentioned that Murray had turned him down several times in the past when he tried to play together again in some tournaments: "Not for the invitational. But I wanted to play some more doubles with him in the last three years after Queen's, but he was mainly focused on his singles career, dealing with a lot of injuries. Of course, we would've loved to play more doubles together, but it just wasn't possible. So maybe next year I'll play here with him?"
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Andy Murray at 2021 Wimbledon.
"I mean, his understanding of the game, he reads the game faster than myself and I think the majority of the players. He’s very smart, reads the game very well, and he’s a great doubles partner, of course," he said.
Feliciano Lopez also paid tribute to the great career of the British former world No. 1 after his last appearance at Wimbledon and just weeks before his retirement: "Legend. This is in every sense of the word," he stated. "I think he was a little unlucky to play in this generation of players.”
“I'm sure he could've won many more Majors and tournaments without the Big Three, but at the same time, he was very brave to challenge them, to be No. 1 in the world in that generation. So I have only good words for Andy, I respect him as a player, as a human being as well. I wish him the best for the rest of his life," Lopez added.

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