Murray And Evans Receive Roland Garros Doubles Wild Card

Murray And Evans Receive Roland Garros Doubles Wild Card

by Nurein Ahmed

Andy Murray and fellow British player Daniel Evans have been granted a wild card to play in the main draw of the 2024 Roland Garros doubles tournament.

A few weeks ago, Murray was reportedly considering playing the French Open for the first time since 2020. However, he did not just commit to playing the singles event but explored the possibility of teaming up with Evans in preparation for the Olympic Games later in July.

It is the first time in over 20 years that the Roland Garros organizers have offered a wild card to a non-French pair in the men's doubles draw. This is also the likeliest hint that Murray intends to play at the Paris Olympics at the same venue, possibly the last tournament of his career.

The former World No. 1 had been out of action for a few months after damaging his ankle ligaments in a third-round defeat to Tomas Machac in Miami. Murray withdrew from multiple tournaments at the start of the clay swing, and there were fears he may have played his last match.

Murray miraculously avoided going under the knife and completed his recovery from the injury at the start of May, when he shared an update of his practice session on clay.

He marked his return in almost two months at the Bordeaux Challenger in mid-May, where he advanced into the second-round stage only to lose to Gregoire Barrere in straight sets.

Murray accepted a wild card at the Geneva Open the week before Roland Garros. He was projected to meet world no. 1 Novak Djokovic in the second round but could not overcome Yannick Hanfmann in his opening match.

The 37-year-old will now switch his attention to the upcoming French Open, which begins on May 26th. Murray has previously stated that he can't see himself playing beyond the summer, so these are very much the final few tournaments he will play.

Murray's schedule looks very clear from this point. He will play the French Open in singles and doubles, and then he will begin preparations for Wimbledon almost immediately at the Surbiton Trophy, which takes place in the second week of the clay Grand Slam.


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