World No 1 Andy Murray returns to singles action when he faces Tunisian world number 47 Malek Jaziri in the first round of Dubai Tennis Championships. However, before his match Murray was seen enjoying himself, as he took time off to play beach tennis in Dubai, with Australian Open champion Roger Federer.
Sharing the moment in a social media post Murray wrote, “Had a great time playing beach tennis with Roger Federer last week ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, first match for me later today in the doubles, before singles tomorrow, looking forward to getting started!”
Murray, who recently recovered from a bout of shingles, has not played since losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open five weeks ago. Murray, who lost in four sets to unseeded Mischa Zverev at the Australian Open, had recently said that he was not sure if the illness had started developing while he was playing in Melbourne.
Murray is not only playing in singles in Dubai as he also played doubles but had a losing start alongside Serbian Nenad Zimonjic. They lost 1-6, 6-7 to Dan Evans and Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller in an hour and 12 minutes. Evans/Muller will now face Finland’s Henri Kontinen and Australia’s John Peers.
Meanwhile, Federer opened his campaign at the tournament with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Frenchman Benoit Paire.