Andy Murray has hinted at a possible return to singles tennis at next months Cincinnati Masters event after a number of outings on the doubles circuit over the past few months.
The 32 year old former World number one is still making his comeback after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery in January this year and has been competing in doubles since his return to the court in June.
He is currently preparing to team up with older brother Jamie as they look to enter the Citi Open later this week and has previously ruled out a return to singles before the US open at the end of august as “pretty unlikely”
Speaking in the build up to this week’s open event Murray said;
“Best-case scenario probably would be Cincinnati, then if I wasn't able to play in Cincinnati, there's a good chance I would probably wait until after New York because I wouldn't want my first tournament to be playing best of five [sets].”
“For the most part, I'm going to practise singles and play doubles to compete and then each week I'm just going to see,” he added.
“In terms of how I'm moving and feeling and pulling up the next day from these practices, I'm really happy with where I'm at. I think I'm quite close. If I keep progressing and feel good in three weeks' time then I'll play singles as soon as I'm ready.
“It's just to get to where I want to get to. I'll need to play matches and get a little bit more work done in the gym on my cardio.”
Before the Cincinnati Masters starts on august 11th the three time grand slam champion will partner Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the double event as part of the Rodgers cup in Montreal which starts next week.
It will be the first time the pair have played together since winning the doubles title at Queens in June, Murray’s first competitive outing since having the surgery, before teaming up with Serena Williams in the mixed doubles event at Wimbledon.