Murray aims to return to singles later this year

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Andy Murray is hoping to return to singles tennis later this year but thinks he is unlikely to be ready in time for the US Open.

Murray is already making a soft competitive return next week in the form of doubles at Queen's Club.

"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."

Health permitting, Murray will be the first player to return to a singles tennis career after his type of operation.
Thanks Mark.  While it's great to hear of  Andy's progress I can't help but think that he is, to some extent, in danger of going down the same road he he did last year when he says "I'm not really interested in putting a time limit on [a return] because I'm quite happy just now", and ended up never doing so bar a few matches.  However he's in a whole different place now -  able to enjoy playing golf, taking the dogs for walks and playing with his kids, something which none of us fully realised wasn't he case in 2018, so perhaps playing singles at some level might be possible later this year.   He did say though in a recent interview that by September/October he should have a good idea as to whether or not his re-shaped hip would be able to stand up to the stresses on it which go hand in hand with playing singles at the level he was at before.  Meanwhile we're all looking forward to watching his doubles match with Lopez at Queens.
June 12, 2019, 11:07 pm
By Aileen

^  Yes it's good news and playing doubles at Queens is a good idea.  But playing singles isn't sensible, he has the rest of his life ahead of him - what if he hurt himself playing singles?  It just isn't worth it.
June 13, 2019, 03:32 am
By moonglow

Thank you Mark.  In a way it's good to hear as it means he is really feeling 100% better.  But I will be happy just to see him play doubles, as think that its not such a strain on his hip, but me being selfish I so miss watching him play.
June 13, 2019, 08:36 am
By ChrisMac

It wouldn’t surprise me if Andy does a ‘Tiger Woods’ and comes back to exceed expectations.  He’s sounding cautiously optimistic and I don’t think his determination should be under-estimated.  As long as he does what’s right for him is all anyone can wish for.  Really looking forward to seeing him back on court at Queens.  cmon yeah
June 14, 2019, 11:26 am
By Elly

Lopez at 37 is playing the best tennis of his career
Federer is as good as ever.

Dare we dream? Does Andy have half his career ahead of him!
June 23, 2019, 05:52 pm
By BigNose

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