Andy Murray eyes singles return this year after injury hell

Andy Murray is optimistic that he will be able to play singles again this year, although he doubts that day will come until after the US Open ends in early September.

The former No 1 returns next week playing doubles at London’s Fever Tree Championships, and reported on Wednesday that he is still in good shape as he prepares for his comeback.

He has not played since his emotional appearance at the Australian Open – which was followed by a second hip operation on January 28 – but will partner Spain’s Feliciano Lopez at Queen’s Club.

‘I hope at some stage this year I would be able to get back to playing singles again,’ he said on Wednesday morning. ‘When that is, I’m not really interested in putting a time limit on it because I’m quite happy just now so I don’t need to play singles after Wimbledon or at the US Open.

‘If I can that would be brilliant but I don’t think that’s going to be the case, I think it’s going to take a bit longer.

‘It’s baby steps just now. I’m feeling good, pretty much pain free and enjoying kind of just training, practising, improving all the time. I don’t think when Wimbledon finishes that I will just step onto the singles court the following week and everything’s good.

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