Andy Murray rules out singles return until after US Open – ‘It’s baby steps just now’

The former world No.1, who will make his comeback playing doubles at Queen’s Club next week, said: “It’s baby steps just now.”

The Scot has not played tennis since losing in the first round of the Australian Open and then undergoing hip resurfacing surgery in January.

He announced last week he will return to competitive action at the Fever-Tree Championships in West London next week partnering Spains’s Feliciano Lopez and then intends to play Wimbledon.

But Murray, who turned 32 last month, said he is in a rush to play singles again – and suggested it will not happen until after the US Open which ends on September 8. He could even delay playing singles until next season.

“I’m feeling good, pretty much pain free and enjoying kind of just training, practising, improving all the time just now,” said the world No.215.

“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 it because I’m quite happy just now so I don’t need to play singles after Wimbledon or at the US Open.

“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.”

Murray added: “I haven’t played singles practise sets. I have practised singles a few times. I practised with Frances Tiafoe. I practised with him last week.

“I practised with him at Wimbledon. I did a singles practice with him but I didn’t play points with him. I did a lot of the usual drills I would do if I am going to play singles but I didn’t play a set with him.

“I did first four shots in the rally, couple more, but no extended rallies. 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-wise yet, no. I am hoping that will come more after Wimbledon.”

Murray was speaking at Queen’s Club today at the launch of the Prime Video Future Talent Award to support one female and one male British player with £60,000 of funding.

“It’s important to help develop young talent in this country – the transition from juniors to seniors isn’t easy,” he said.

Amazon also announced their have agreed to an exclusive four-year deal to show the WTA Tour from 2020.

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