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Andy Murray gets second Wimbledon doubles offer as Brit can revive successful partnership.

Andy Murray is in high demand at Wimbledon despite planning to retire this summer.

Andy Murray has received a second offer to return to Wimbledon and play doubles next year. The former world No. 1 is set to retire at the Olympics in less than a month.

 

 

 

 

He has already addressed his potential return to SW19 next year, eyeing up a coaching role. But he will also be eligible to play in the Invitational doubles as a retired player in 2025.

After Ash Barty asked him to partner her in the mixed doubles version of the legends event, Murray’s former partner Feliciano Lopez has sent a plea to revive their successful team after they won Queen’s together five years ago.

Lopez retired last year and is back at Wimbledon in the invitational draw playing alongside Jeremy Chardy. And he is already eyeing a new partner for the retired players’ competition in 12 months’ time.

The Spaniard teamed up with Murray for the Brit’s return from hip resurfacing surgery in 2019. They won Murray’s first tournament back at the Queen’s Club. Asked whether he would revive their fruitful partnership in 2025, Lopez said: “Of course. I would love to, I would love to.”

The former world No. 12 then leaned in to send a clear message to the three-time Grand Slam champion. “Andy, I’m waiting for you for next year invitational. I hope this time you don’t say no,” he smiled.

Explaining how Murray had rejected him in the past, Lopez continued: “Not for the invitational. But I wanted to play some more doubles with him the last three years after Queen’s but he was mainly focused on his singles career, he was going through a lot of injuries. Of course we would’ve loved to play more doubles but it was just not possible so maybe next year I’ll play here with him?”

The 42-year-old also shed light on what made Murray the perfect doubles partner. “I mean his understanding of the game, he reads the game I think faster than myself and I think the majority of the players. He’s very smart, he reads the game very well and he’s a great doubles partner of course,” he said.

And Lopez paid his own tribute to his former doubles partner after Murray was honoured with tributes in a Centre Court ceremony last Thursday. “Legend. This is in every sense of the word,” he stated.

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