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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 June 2006, 16:55 GMT 17:55 UK
Gutsy Murray wins doubles opener
James Auckland and Andy Murray
Auckland and Murray will face the top-seeded Bryan brothers next
Andy Murray returned to action at the French Open with victory in the first round of the doubles on Thursday.

The 19-year-old British number two had suffered with a lower back problem during his singles defeat to Gael Monfils on Tuesday.

But the Scot was fit enough to partner James Auckland to a 6-2 6-4 win over Australian duo Ashley Fisher and Jordan Kerr out on Court 14.

The British pair will face American top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan in round two.

"It was a tough decision whether or not to play," said Murray. "I had to think about it but it would not have been fair for James if I didn't play.

"It's good that we did not have to play yesterday, we did some practice. I still have to be careful obviously. It's not going to go away after two days.

"I will need two to three weeks to recover. And if I had to play a singles match tomorrow I would not do it."

He added: "My serve is the only shot I can control but on the smash and stuff I have to be really careful.

"I know that by playing the doubles my back is not going to get much worse than that by playing on half a court."

SEE ALSO
Struggling Murray needs time
30 May 06 |  Tennis
Men's singles draw
26 May 06 |  Tennis
Women's singles draw
26 May 06 |  Tennis
French Open schedule
27 May 06 |  Tennis
French Open on the BBC
27 Apr 06 |  Tennis


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