Tennis news - Andy Murray and Liam Broady knocked out of ATP Rome Doubles
Andy Murray and Liam Broady were knocked out of the ATP Rome doubles after losing in straight sets to Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau. Murray returned from a groin injury for the tournament and made a winning start on Wednesday with Broady as his partner, but the British duo were no match for Krawietz and Tecau.
Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts to a missed point on day 5 of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia match between Max Purcell and Luke Saville, both of Australia against Liam Broady and Andy Murray, both of Great Britain at Foro Italico on May 12, 2021 in R
The first set was finally balanced at 4-3 until Krawietz and Tecau broke their opponents’ serve again and the number eight seeds never relinquished control from there, progressing to the third round after just an hour and eleven minutes on the court.
Murray will be hopeful his brief showing in Rome will boost his chances of earning a wildcard spot in the main draw of the French Open, which begins on 30 May.
The former world number one intends to return to singles action next week either in Lyon or Geneva.
It has also been confirmed Murray will compete at Queen’s in June and Guy Forget, tournament director for the French Open, appeared to offer hope Murray would be one of their wildcards.
“Andy is trying his best to come back," said French Open tournament director Guy Forget.
His knowledge and experience is so big that if he feels physically fit and he can afford to play a few matches before Roland Garros, I believe, and it is only my guess, is that he can beat probably half of the people in the main draw.
"Andy knows he is not going to pretend to play tournaments if he does not feel he can compete with the best guys.
"Andy also knows he can get a wildcard or even qualify and then play Nadal first round.
"He just loves the game and wants to go out to perform and win matches, so I believe if he asks for one, it is because he believes he can perform and win a few matches."
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