Andy Murray will make his much-awaited return on the doubles court Thursday with first-time partner Feliciano Lopez at Queen’s Club.
Widely known for his singles accomplishments, which include reaching world No. 1, lifting three Grand Slam trophies and winning two Olympic gold medals, the 32-year-old has teamed up with a number of partners in doubles. Here are five notable players Murray has shared the court with through the years.
It’s no surprise his most frequent partner is his elder brother Jamie Murray, a former No. 1 in doubles. Though they’ve had mixed results, the Dunblane natives own two ATP 500 crowns, represented their country at three Olympic Games, and most significantly, won a crucial doubles rubber to help Great Britain capture the 2015 Davis Cup title.
At the 2006 Australian Open, Murray teamed up with future foe and fellow 18-year-old Novak Djokovic. The two, born just a week apart, drew formidable champions Fabrice Santoro and Nenad Zimonjic but held their own, falling 7-6 (5), 6-3. Five years later, they reunited in Miami, and were involved in an enthralling point with Sergiy Stakhovsky and Mikhail Youzhny that still resonates today.
Murray’s ATP Masters 1000 debut came on clay in 2006, when he paired up with established countryman Tim Henman in Monte Carlo. They lost in the second round, as Santoro and Zimonjic squeaked past the British tandem in a close match tiebreaker. Murray and Henman played once more at Indian Wells in 2007, reaching the quarterfinals.
The two-time Wimbledon champion has a border terrier named after Lleyton Hewitt, one of his favorite players growing up, and eventually had the chance to play on the same side of the net as “Rusty” 10 years ago at Queen’s Club. The grass-court gurus scored a nail-biting victory over Americans Rajeev Ram and Andy Roddick, 12-10, in the decisive match tiebreaker before Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach ended their bid in the ensuing round.
Murray advanced to his most significant doubles final with Colin Fleming at the 2013 Rogers Cup in Montreal. During their run, Fleming and Murray eliminated three seeded pairs. Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares prevailed, 6-4, 7-6 (4), to capture the crown. Good friends off the court, Murray and Felming also won two Davis Cup rubbers together.
An honorable mention is reserved for Leander Paes, the current king of doubles partners. In 2015, Murray joined forces with the 18-time Grand Slam doubles champion in Montreal and found some success, dropping just four games in their opener. Murray and Paes were stopped in the second round by Andy’s brother Jamie, and John Peers,, in two close sets.