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Andy Murray’s ankle holds out on victorious but low-key return

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Published Time: 16.05.2024 - 01:40:18 Modified Time: 16.05.2024 - 01:40:18

Briton was playing his first match since damaging tendons in his left ankle at the Miami Open in March PA/Victoria Jones A former world No1 pitching up at a small-time event in search of former glories? Yes, that might be the plot of the recent movie Challengers, but it also describes Andy Murray’s visit to Bordeaux this week

Briton was playing his first match since damaging tendons in his left ankle at the Miami Open in March

: PA/Victoria Jones

A former world No1 pitching up at a small-time event in search of former glories? Yes, that might be the plot of the recent movie Challengers, but it also describes Andy Murray’s visit to Bordeaux this week.

‌Appearing at the BNP Paribas Primrose, Murray managed a scrappy win on his first appearance since rupturing his ankle ligaments seven weeks ago.

‌The level was not anything to get excited about, and his opponent Kyrian Jacquet retired early in the second set, citing some sort of adductor or hip issue. But still, it was competitive tennis, and that is what Murray was looking for as he builds towards the last few events of his professional career.

‌Playing on a clay court in front of an audience that numbered in the hundreds, Murray started cagily as he tested out his suspect ankle – a joint he elected to build up via strength work rather than undergo an operation.

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