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Rosmalen | Murray’s entry confirmed

Rosmalen | Murray’s entry confirmed

Marcel Hunze, the Tournament Director of the Libema Open 2018, has confirmed that Andy Murray has chosen Hunze’s tournament to make his long-anticipated comeback after he had a labral tear in his right hip surgically repaired in January earlier this year.

Libema is the brand new sponsor of the tournament, which is better known as the Rosmalen or ’s-Hertogenbosch tournament, the premier tennis event in The Netherlands.

While the tournament has a sturdy reputation on the ATP Tour, it has never quite matched the glittering glow of The Queen’s Club tournament or The Halle Open, historically the two most desirable crowns for the pros in the intense run up to the grass of The Championships at Wimbledon.

Queen’s has been dominated by Murray of late while Halle has been dominated by Federer, who is going for an incredible 10th title there this year.

It is therefore sensible that Murray has chosen one of the smaller events of the tour at which to re-acclimatise himself.

Murray’s mother, Judy, has made it clear that her son thinks it would be a false economy for him to come back when his body isn’t ready.

He has probably studied the history of the comeback game, of which there are plenty of cases, and learned from them, respecting his body fully by not rushing back to the court.

The best thing to have come from Murray’s mouth in the year-long near-vacuum of communication has been glimpses of his genuine pure passion for the sport, which he loves, and his surprise at how much he missed the white heat of competition.

It is no coincidence that Murray chose a grass court for his comeback, the surface that is by far the easiest on the body, and it will give him a hopeful platform to build into something approaching decent form to give himself at least an outside shot at winning Wimbledon.

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Barbara Wancke

Barbara Wancke is a Tennis Threads Tennis Correspondent who has been involved in the sport for over 40 years, not only as a former player, umpire and coach but primarily as an administrator and tennis writer contributing over the years to Lawn Tennis, Tennis World, and Tennis Today. She has worked with the Dunlop Sports Co, IMG and at the ITF as Director of Women’s Tennis, responsible, amongst other things, for the running of the Federation Cup (now Fed Cup), and acting as Technical Director for tennis at the Seoul Olympics (1988). She subsequently set up her own tennis consultancy Tennis Interlink and was elected to the Board of the TIA UK where she became the Executive Administrator and Executive Vice President until she stood down in July 2014 and is currently an Honorary Vice President.


  1. Lorraine Leath

    Oooohhhh what lovely news. Can’t wait. 😊

  2. Judy Witham

    Can’t wait to watch Andy’s exciting style of playing.Some of the matches we’re seeing are boring!!

  3. Jan Harrison

    That was the announcement in March l think

    • Tennis Threads

      He had suggested in March he would be going but his participation wasn’t confirmed un til now.

    • Jan Harrison

      Tennis Threads it still isn’t really till he announces his plans this week. I have a vested interest as lm going

  4. Jillian Duncan

    Can’t wait to see him play again! The best news. 🖒

  5. Crystal Butcher

    such brilliant news,cant wait to see Andy Murray play again. <3 <3


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