andy murray aims for singles return in late 2019

10:00    13 Jun 2019

Andy Murray
Tennis player Andy Murray says he is hoping to return to singles action before the end of 2019.

The 32-year-old has been out of action since having major hip surgery in January, but is set to return to competitive tennis by playing doubles next week, when he will partner Feliciano Lopez at the Fever-Tree Championships in London.

Murray admits he still has "quite a lot of work to do" before he can play singles again, but is hopeful that he can achieve this aim by late 2019 or early 2020.

"It's baby steps just now," Murray said. "I'm feeling good, pretty much pain free and enjoying just training, practicing, improving all the time just now.

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"I don't think when Wimbledon finishes that I will just step on to the singles court the following week and everything's good.

"At this moment I've been progressing all of the time. At some stage it's probably going to plateau for a while before I'm able to kick on.

"I hope at some stage this year I would be able to get back to playing singles again. 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 to - you know, enjoy doing what I'm doing just now.

"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."

Murray has not played competitively since losing to Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of January's Australian Open.

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