Mladenovic: 'Turning down Andy Murray for mixed doubles was very hard'


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Mladenovic: 'Turning down Andy Murray for mixed doubles was very hard'

Former world no. 1 and three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray had the opportunity to taste the first success in a long time, winning the doubles crown at Queen's with Feliciano Lopez. After an incredible run in the second part of 2016, Andy managed to close the gap to Novak Djokovic and pass the great rival in the closing stages of the season, winning 78 matches and nine ATP titles to become the year-end no.

1 for the first time in a career. Unable to follow the same pace in 2017, Murray was forced to skip the second part of the year with a hip injury, undergoing surgery in January 2018 and playing only 12 matches last year before another surgery in January this year following an emotional Australian Open.

After a long period of rehab (he wasn't even sure would he be able to play again), Andy started to work on the court again and made a glorious return at Queen's last week, winning four doubles matches with Lopez to claim the title, injury-free and motivated for more of the same in the next couple of weeks.

Heading to Eastbourne with Marcelo Melo, Murray lost in the opening round to the top seeds Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal, suffering three breaks and moving back to the practice court ahead of Wimbledon where he is scheduled to play with Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Also, Andy is looking for the mixed doubles partner, seeking as many matches as possible ahead of the potential singles return this summer or autumn, and he is yet to find the partner for that! Ashleigh Barty and Kristina Mladenovic had to turn down his offer, with the French girl describing her decision the toughest ever, having to focus on singles and women's doubles.

Andy admitted he almost gave up on the mixed doubles but will enter it after all, hoping to check in with Serena or Venus Williams or any other decent doubles player.