Andy Murray is optimistic that he will be able to play singles again this year, although he doubts that day will come until after the US Open ends in early September.
The former No 1 returns next week playing doubles at London’s Fever Tree Championships, and reported on Wednesday that he is still in good shape as he prepares for his comeback.
He has not played since his emotional appearance at the Australian Open – which was followed by a second hip operation on January 28 – but will partner Spain’s Feliciano Lopez at Queen’s Club.
‘I hope at some stage this year I would be able to get back to playing singles again,’ he said on Wednesday morning. ‘When that is, 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.
‘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.
‘It’s baby steps just now. I’m feeling good, pretty much pain free and enjoying kind of just training, practising, improving all the time. 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 the time, at some stage it’s probably going to plateau for a while before I’m able to kick on.’
Murray is also expected to play doubles at Wimbledon, and so far the vast majority of his practising has been doubles-orientated although there has been the odd session leaning towards the singles code.
‘I have practised singles a few times. I practised with (American) Frances Tiafoe at Wimbledon. 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 properly singles-wise yet. I am hoping that will come more after Wimbledon.’
The 32-year-old Scot was talking at the launch of a new initiative with Amazon Prime Video, who every other year will sponsor one young male and female player’s development to the tune of £30,000 a year for two years.
Amazon have also confirmed that they have signed a four-year deal with the WTA Tour to show the main part of the women’s circuit, which they will take over from BT Sport.