Rusty Tennis Players Need to Wake Up in Qatar

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Stiff upper lip and all notwithstanding, Andy Murray deserves at least partial credit for even playing doubles, something number one ranked ATP players are seldom seen doing these days.

Credit where due, we suppose, but that credit, along with Murray’s recent elevation to British Empire knighthood, could not affect the outcome of Murray and his partner from Poland, Mariusz Fyrstenberg from early dismissal in the first round of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha.

Murray and partner occupied the court only briefly in a 6 – 2, 6 – 4 defeat to Spaniard David Marrero and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia.

Murray looked rusty in his return to the ATP World Tour and was overheard to issue an uncharacteristic expletive when he tripped over the umpire’s chair when coming out following a changeover.

Hopefully, Murray can shake off the rust in his singles match against France’s Jeremy Chardy, because Murray’s nemesis, Novak Djokovic, even though struggling with a slow start and an unconvincing win in his first round match in Doha, will not fail to take advantage of any weakness Murray exhibits.

Novak appeared somnambulant at times against number 63 Jan-Lennard Struff, going down 1 – 5 in the first set before winning 11 of the last final 15 games to secure the victory.