The former world number one Andy Murray said he is hoping he can make his return to singles tennis before the end of the year.

However, he admitted it is quite improbable that heโ€™s recovered in time for the final grand slam of the year, the Australian Open in August.

Murray, who had his hip resurfaced in January, is set to play doubles at Queenโ€™s Club next week after partnering up with Feliciano Lopez.

But the 32-year-old says he still has “quite a lot of work to do” before he can be competitive in singles again.

“It’s baby steps just now,” Murray said.

“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.”

His last competitive match was back in January when he had lost his first round match against Roberto Bautista Agut in the Australian Open.

No player has ever resumed a singles career after the operation Murray had, although American doubles player Bob Bryan returned five months after the surgery in 2018.

“I have done some singles training drills with my coach,” Murray said.

“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. I am hoping that will come more after Wimbledon.”

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