Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have welcomed the prospect of Britain’s Andy Murray returning to top-level tennis, whereas admitting his Queen’s Membership comeback has taken them without warning.
Murray, 32, has not performed since hip surgical procedure following the Australian Open.
He described his doubles look alongside Spain’s Feliciano Lopez on the Fever-Tree Championships later this month as “the subsequent step” in his return.
“It was somewhat stunning he introduced that so fast,” stated Nadal.
“I at all times thought that he’ll discover a technique to attempt to be again, as a result of he is nonetheless younger and nonetheless very passionate in regards to the recreation.
“It is nice information for, first, for him and for his staff and household, after which for the tour by itself. I am joyful for it, and particularly joyful for him.”
Federer and Nadal had been amongst a raft of gamers who appeared in a video proven on the massive screens at Melbourne Park, congratulating Murray for his profession within the wake of the Scot’s first-round defeat by Roberto Bautista Agut.
Regardless of initially saying that it could be his ultimate look earlier than retirement, Murray left open the potential for a return to tennis in his on-court interview simply earlier than the video performed out.
“We had been extra instructed that this might be it, so are you able to please make a message?” Federer recalled of his contribution to the video.
“However we had been hoping that this message just isn’t really actual.
“I noticed him after his match towards Bautista Agut and I used to be, like, ‘So, what’s up? Are you actually retiring?’ He did not know.
“It is primary for his well being, and we wish Andy to be wholesome, extra so than being a tennis participant. But when he can play tennis on prime of it, that is a brilliant bonus.
“I believe all of us prime guys can be thrilled to see him again on the tour.”
Murray had the hip resurfacing operation – which retains extra of the broken bone than a hip alternative, smoothing the ball down and masking it with a metallic cap – in London on 28 January.
Murray instructed the Instances earlier this month that there’s “little or no likelihood” of him taking part in singles at Wimbledon in July, however stated a profitable doubles marketing campaign might be the launchpad for a full return.