Wimbledon | Murray’s singles timeframe
Andy Murray is “unlikely” to play singles at the US Open.
I said this at the beginning of the grass season: I don't want to put a timeframe on it. Andy Murray
The two-time Wimbledon champion, the former world No.1 from Britain, is on the comeback trail after hip surgery following two years of injury woe.
And after he and Serena Williams made the last 16 of the All England Club’s mixed doubles Murray revealed he was going to practice singles once the current Championships have finished on Sunday.
But he batted down suggestions it indicated he would play the singles event at the last Grand Slam of the year in New York in the autumn.
Murray, 32, said: “I think it’s pretty unlikely just in terms of timing. I spoke to my team a bit about that yesterday. Just a lot of stuff I need to get done physically, get myself stronger.
“The amount of work I need to do on the court to get ready for singles, the amount of work I need to put in off the court to get myself strong enough to play best of-five sets, it’s still quite a ways away unfortunately.
“ I would love to play. I need to look, like, pretty long term with this. I don’t want to be having to go through another big operation in a few years’ time. I want to make sure the operation I’ve had lasts for as long as possible. To give it the best chance, I need to make sure that, I’m physically, you know, really strong before I get back on the singles court.”
Did that mean he would aim at a return to singles in Australia in the New Year?
The 32-year-old said: “I don’t know exactly. I said this at the beginning of the grass season: I don’t want to put a timeframe on it. You guys want a timeframe. I can’t give you an exact timeframe because I don’t know how long it’s going to take for me to physically get to that level.
“I know some people might like it to have taken five months or six months, but it’s going to take more time than that, unfortunately. Whether that’s nine months or 12 months or 18 months, I don’t know. I’ll do my best to make it as soon as I can. I can’t give an exact timeframe on this. It’s tough.”
But Murray revealed how the link up with Williams is helping him on the comeback road to singles, both mentally and physically.
Murray, who won the Queen’s title with Feliciano Lopez recently, said: “I think playing matches is always good. One of the things that probably showed a bit in the first two matches is, like, breakpoints and stuff, maybe haven’t played them as well as I would have liked so far. That’s something you get better with playing more matches, playing more of those points. I’ll continue to improve on that.
“Then, yeah, just physically, it’s just being on a match court is different. Doesn’t matter how much practicing and training you do. Like, I prepared well for kind of the grass season. I played a decent amount of tennis, trained hard.
“Once you start playing matches again, things tend to hurt a little bit at the beginning. You build up that robustness by competing, playing matches kind of week after week, day after day. That’s hopefully what I’ll be able to do in these next few months once I get back on the match court, hopefully stay there, not have to take too many breaks.”