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The Queen's Club, London: 9 - 15 June 2014
Andy Murray is back on grass and raring to go ahead of the Aegon Championships, which start at The Queen’s Club on Monday.
Murray, who missed the French Open because of a back injury, has spent more than a week practising on grass, and put his Rally Against Cancer doubles partner, Tim Henman, through his paces on Thursday.
“I feel really good,” said Murray on Friday, after another three hour training session. “I’ve had no setbacks yet, I’ve practised well for the last 3 or 4 days so it should be good. The conditions here are perfect. It’s a great setting and the Centre Court is really, really good so it’s perfect preparation. It’s also got a lot of history this tournament so it’s a nice one to win and do well at, so I’ll try and have a good run.”
Murray spent the rest of Friday afternoon watching the French Open semi-finals, and the grueling nature of those matches proved that Murray had made the right decision not to play at Roland Garros, but reminded him just how much he missed tennis.
“I think when you miss a Slam, for me that was really hard and sometimes it takes a bit of time to be away from something for you to realise how much you love it. You can take your health for granted sometimes and I realised after missing the French that I want to be back out on these courts, I want to be competing and that’s why I’ve done everything I can to get ready for here (the Aegon Championships at Queen’s) and I can’t wait to get back on the match court.”
So what did he make of Henman’s form, given that they will team up against his coach Ivan Lendl and Tomas Berdych on Sunday?
Murray laughed. “He was volleying well but the rest of the game is not as good as it used to be - he was fairly out of shape. He was definitely struggling 20 or 30 minutes in to the practice but it was good fun to have him on the court.”
Andy Murray - back on the grass at the Aegon Championships today and look who he is playing with...
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