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Andy Murray is planning to play in the doubles at Wimbledon next month but admits his return to singles action will have to wait a little longer.
Ahead of the Australian Open in January, Murray hinted that this year's Wimbledon could be his last tournament as he continued to struggle with a persistent hip injury, but he is finally pain-free after undergoing hip-resurfacing surgery.
The three-time Grand Slam winner is planning to return to the ATP Tour, providing his body holds up, but first he will test his hip in doubles with the former world number one planning to team up with Feliciano Lopez at the Fever-Tree Championships next week.
Providing all goes well he will enter the doubles draw at SW19 but he knows he cannot rush his return to singles.
“It’s baby steps just now. I’m feeling good, pretty much pain-free and enjoying training, practising, improving all the time just now.” Murray said.
“I don’t think when Wimbledon finishes that I will just step onto the singles court the following week and everything’s good. I still have quite a lot of work to do before I’m at a level where I feel like I’ll be able to be competitive.
“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. When that is, I’m not really interested in putting a time limit on because I’m quite happy just now so I don’t need to play singles after Wimbledon or 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.”
Murray's last competitive match was at the Australian Open when he lost to Roberto Bautista in the first round.
Doubles player Bob Bryan underwent a similar procedure in 2018 and has made a successful return to the tour, but Murray knows he has some way to go before he is ready to play a singles match.
"I have done some singles training drills with my coach," Murray said. "Earlier on I was hitting with singles players but I was more stationary. I was moving them rather than them moving me about.
"So I have not played proper singles. I am hoping that will come more after Wimbledon."
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