Get ready to see more of Andy Murray this season. The former World No. 1, who could be spotted practising at The Queen’s Club on Wednesday ahead of his return next week at the Fever-Tree Championships, is planning on playing doubles through Wimbledon and hopes to back in singles action later this year.
“I’d like to try and play every week if I can, but I sort of want to wait and see. I feel good just now. I’ve been practising, playing doubles sets and stuff, and doing fine,” he said in an interview from The Queen’s Club. “But obviously once you get back on a match court, that’s when you can really test yourself. I’d imagine after here I’d get a better idea of where I’m at.
“Providing everything goes fine, I’ll try and play through the grass in doubles. And then after that, I won’t just finish playing doubles at Wimbledon and then [go] straight onto the singles court. I still need time to build up again and do another block of rehab and training to get myself in that position, but I’m looking forward to it.”
The 32-year-old Scot underwent hip resurfacing surgery in late January, following a brave five-set battle against Roberto Bausista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open. Prior to the tournament, an emotional Murray had questioned whether it might be his final event, but now “pain-free”, he is hopeful of returning to singles action again.
“With the way things are progressing just now, I’m optimistic about being able to do that,” he said. “I don’t know when exactly. I’ll just keep doing the right stuff. Doubles is a middle ground between what I have been doing and getting on the singles court, so hopefully things keep progressing the right direction and maybe later this year I’ll get there.”
Murray, a five-time singles champion at The Queen’s Club, will take the first step in his return when he plays alongside 2017 titlist Feliciano Lopez next week at the ATP 500 grass-court tournament.
“I’ve been practising quite a bit, and I’ve been enjoying it. I’m pain-free.”
— Fever-Tree Championships (@QueensTennis) June 12, 2019