Queen's Club Championships 2019: Andy Murray marks remarkable return with doubles title win

Former world number one Andy Murray crowned a remarkable return to tennis with victory in the men's doubles at the Queen's Club tournament on Sunday.

The 32-year-old Scotsman teamed up with Spanish partner Feliciano Lopez to take a 7-6 (8/6), 5-7, 10-5 win over Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram.

 Queens Club Championships 2019: Andy Murray marks remarkable return with doubles title win

Murray and Feliciano Lopez won 7-6 (8/6), 5-7, 10-5. AP

The three-time Grand Slam champion's triumph comes after what he described as "life-changing" hip surgery earlier this year.

"I really enjoyed it. I felt very relaxed at the beginning of the week and was getting more nervous as the week went on and my competitive instincts kicked in," said Murray.

"My hip felt great, no pain. I'll try to keep progressing from here but I'm just happy being back on the court."

Murray — watched by his wife Kim and mother Judy — may be regretting deciding not to play with the 37-year-old Lopez at Wimbledon.

The Spaniard produced a Herculean effort, winning the singles in three sets earlier in the day before playing sublimely in the doubles.

"He (Lopez) was brilliant," said Murray.

"There's nothing else to say. It was an amazing win today in the singles and even at the end of the match where he came up with some brilliant returns and serves.

Murray will now move on to Eastbourne before playing at Wimbledon where he will be partnered by Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Lopez paid a handsome tribute to Murray.

"This happens only once in a lifetime to win here at singles and doubles," said Lopez.

"I'm so happy to have this man (Murray) playing with me. We're so happy that you're back on a tennis court."

Updated Date: Jun 24, 2019 10:15:00 IST