Andy Murray sees doubles dream come crashing back to earth after defeat at Eastbourne… but hip survives

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ANDY MURRAY came crashing down to earth after the high of his Queen’s triumph.

Thankfully, his metal hip survived the fall.

Andy Murray was brought back down to earth with a bang as he was knocked out of the doubles at Eastbourne
Andy Murray was brought back down to earth with a bang as he was knocked out of the doubles at Eastbourne
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But there was the mental pain of losing his latest doubles outing in straight sets at Eastbourne.

Murray was on court for just 68 minutes alongside last-minute partner Marcelo Melo as the pair went down 6-2 6-4 to top seeds Juan Cabal and Robert Farah.

Defeat is a blow but means the two-times Wimbledon singles champ will reschedule some rest days to protect his hip as he continues to recover from career-saving surgery just five months ago.

Murray, 32, said: “Playing a match within 40 hours of finishing is quite a quick turnaround. Conditions here are very different to Queen’s. It’s really slow out there.

“I probably would have taken a couple of days afterwards, anyway. But it’s more I get to go and get used to the conditions and stuff at Wimbledon and the courts.

“They are different. I know they’re grass but they are different each week. I had a really, really good week last week and pulled up fine. I was not in any pain or discomfort. That’s obviously really, really nice for me.

“Obviously you always want to play really well but, you know, so long as I’m fit and healthy and I can stay on the practice court and stay on the match court, I’ll improve all the time. That’s how it normally works. Hopefully that will be the case.”

EYES ON SW19

Murray will play with Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the doubles at SW19 next week with a view to returning to singles in September.

He won the Queen’s title alongside Feliciano Lopez on Sunday but the toll of playing five matches in six days appeared to have caught up with him.

Even so, the British public will have high hopes he can recharge and recapture some of his old magic on the lawns of Wimbledon.

Yet Murray said: “I don’t have high expectations at all. All that is kind of external stuff.

“I didn’t expect to be in this position a few months ago. I could easily lose in the first round at Wimbledon. I won’t be seeded. Playing the best team in the world two weeks in a row in the first round, that can also happen at Wimbledon. It’s just tough.

“I’ll go there and prepare well and hopefully play good tennis and give my best effort. That’s all I can do.”

Earlier this year, Muzza blasted the Lawn Tennis Association for not building more indoor courts in Scotland during his career.

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But yesterday the LTA announced it will invest £250million in 96 new indoor centres within ten years.

There will be 72 in England, with 12 each in Scotland and Wales.

LTA chief executive Scott Lloyd said: “The goal is for 95 per cent of the population in England and Wales to have access to an indoor centre within a 30-minute drive.”

Murray played with Brazilian doubles veteran Marcelo Melo on the south coast but they were soundly beaten 6-2 6-4 in 68 minutes by Juan Cabal and Robert Farah
Murray played with Brazilian doubles veteran Marcelo Melo on the south coast but they were soundly beaten 6-2 6-4 in 68 minutes by Juan Cabal and Robert Farah
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Attention now turns to the famous lawns of Wimbledon, where the Scot will partner up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert
Attention now turns to the famous lawns of Wimbledon, where the Scot will partner up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert
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