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'It would be nice to play the US Open'- Andy Murray hints at US Open singles' return

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 25 Jun 2019
  • Andy Murray says he could return to singles action at the US Open
  • Murray returned from hip surgery at Queen's, where he teamed up with Feliciano Lopez to win the men's doubles title
Andy Murray.

Former world No. 1, Andy Murray has hinted at a possible return to singles action at the US Open following his successful comeback from hip surgery at Queen’s.

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Murray had earlier ruled out the chance of playing singles at Flushing Meadows, but he has now relaxed that stance after a very encouraging week at Queen’s.

Playing competitively for the first time since the Australian Open, Murray partnered Feliciano Lopez in the men’s doubles at the Fever Tree Championship, with the pair going on to claim the title, beating Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in the final on Sunday.

“If my body continues to feel good and keeps progressing then I would like to try to and play singles”, Murray said in his column for the BBC
“I think I have a couple of options after Wimbledon – either I continue with doubles but start training and practising singles through the US Open swing, and then try and maybe play singles after that”. 
“Or I take a longer break post-Wimbledon of maybe, let’s say, a month or six weeks, to get myself ready for singles, and then try and play close to the US Open time”. 
“But I don’t care really either way. It would be nice to play at the US Open but if I don’t – look, I got so much enjoyment and happiness after winning a first-round doubles match here that, you know, that’s enough.”

Murray did say that playing at the US Open is a possibility and not a target, and that he could consider an extended career in doubles if he feels he is not competitive enough to play singles.

… [if] I get to a point where I'm playing and practising singles, and think I'm not quick enough or able to compete at a level I'm happy with - then continuing playing doubles is maybe something I'd consider”.

It is a sharp turnaround from where Murray was at the start of the year, when it appeared his career might be coming to an end. In an emotional press conference before the start of the Australian Open, the Scot revealed his plans to retire from tennis at Wimbledon as the pain in his hip had refused to go away. He even suggested that the Australian Open could be his final tournament as he did not trust his body to hold up until Wimbledon.

Murray suffered a five-set defeat to Roberto Bautista-Agut in the first round of the Australian Open, and subsequently underwent hip-resurfacing surgery in a bid to get rid of the pain. While he did not completely shut the door on his tennis career, the three-time Grand Slam champion insisted at the time that the operation was to allow him have a better quality of life, rather than a process to help him return to the sport. 

Murray said in March that he felt pain-free, but stressed again that he wouldn’t rush back into tennis, and didn’t feel under pressure to play again. The two-time Wimbledon champion eventually made his comeback at Queen’s last week, just under five months after hip surgery. The Queen’s title was just an icing on the cake, but the real victory was Andy Murray playing and enjoying his time on court again, and showing no signs of the hip problem that had threatened to bring his career to a pre-mature conclusion.

It’s still early days in his comeback, and the 32-year-old is keen to take it as easy, and give his hip as much time as possible to get into shape before getting back into the rigours of singles action.
The former world No. 1 is continuing his comeback in Eastbourne this week, where he is partnering Marcelo Melo in the men’s doubles, while he will team up with Frenchman, Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the men’s doubles at Wimbledon.

Andy Murray/ Marcelo Melo vs Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah is live from Eastbourne on Tuesday, 25 June from 4:00pm local time/ 4:00pm BST

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