Britain’s former men’s number one Andy Murray has opened up about his hopes to return to the single court before the end of 2019, although he admits Wimbledon and August's US open may be to early.
The former Wimbledon Champion is due to return to the court next week playing doubles at the Queens Club and will partner Feliciano Lopez at the Fever Tree Championships. It will be his first competitive outing his under going serious hip surgery in January which saw his troublesome hip resurfaced.
The 32 year old told the reporters he was some way off with “quite a lot of work to do” before he thinks about returning to singles action.
He continued to explain;
“It's baby steps just now, “I'm feeling good, pretty much pain free and enjoying just training, practising, improving all the time just now.
“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.”
However, despite the positive response no player has made a successful return to a singles career following the Operation Murray has undergone. The closest was American doubles player Bob Bryan who returned to the doubles court after just a five month lay off.
Murray’s is determined to be the first and as already took part in a number of singles practice games since been given the go ahead by specialists three weeks ago. Jumping straight into the deep end against players of the calibre of this years Australian Open Quarter finalist Frances Tiafoe, Murray has pushed himself whilst avoiding any extended rallies as he is still building up his fitness.
Talking about how his training is going Murray said;
“I have done some singles training drills with my coach, 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.”