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Andy Murray Wins First Game Since March as He Returns to Bordeaux After an Ankle Injury

With victory in Bordeaux on his 37th birthday, Andy Murray marked his return to active sport for the first time since March.

Murray has been sidelined since tearing ankle ligaments in a third-round loss to Tomas Machac at the Miami Open earlier this spring, but showed up against world No. 219 Kyrian Jacquet at the ATP Challenger event in France , Little rust.

The three-time Grand Slam winner triumphed 7:5 and 2:0 after his French opponent had to withdraw due to injury just over an hour after the start of the first round match of the clay court tournament.

Murray was tested in the opening set and it wasn’t until the 11th game that he earned a break before holding serve and taking the opener in 51 minutes with the help of his third ace.

He beat Jacquet in the first game of the second set, but then had to fend off two break points before extending his lead, after which Jacquet retired.

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Murray – who faces another Frenchman, Gregoire Barrere, in the round of 16 – has adopted a new racket for the match with Jacquet and is playing with a Yonex instead of the head equipment he has used throughout his career.

Murray intends to compete at the French Open later this month, probably for the last time, after saying he doesn’t expect to extend his career “well beyond this summer.”

He last played at Roland Garros in 2020, losing in the first round to Stanislas Wawrinka, the same player he was beaten by in his last match on clay in May 2023.

Murray’s compatriot Dan Evans, seeded fifth in the event, advanced to the second round with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Hugo Grenier and will next face Harold Mayot.

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