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'There's very little chance I'd play singles', Andy Murray effectively rules out competing in the men's singles at Wimbledon, hopeful on doubles

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 21 May 2019
  • Andy Murray has all but ruled out competing in the men's singles at Wimbledon this year, but the former world No. 1 is more hopeful on featuring in the doubles
  • Murray is also cautiously optimistic of returning to singles action at some point in the future
  • The three-time Grand Slam champion had a hitting session with Australia's Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon on Monday
Two-time champion, Andy Murray is unlikely to compete in the men's singles at Wimbledon, but could feature in the doubles (Photo: PA Sport)

Former world No. 1, Andy Murray has effectively ruled out competing in the men's singles at Wimbledon this summer, but the Brit is hopeful of featuring in the doubles at the All England Club.

Murray has not played since January's Australian Open, where he was beaten by Spain's Roberto Bautista-Agut in five sets in the first round.

A tearful Murray had revealed in his pre-Australian Open press conference that he planned to retire after Wimbledon due to his unrelenting hip problems, but he also said he was unsure his body would hold up until his home Slam, saying it was possible that the Australian Open could be his final tournament. 

Murray underwent hip-resurfacing surgery at the end of January, insisting that the primary purpose of the operation was not to get back to playing tennis, but to get rid of the pain and allow him have a better quality of life.


The Scot revealed in March that he was feeling pain-free, a position he re-iterated at the end of April during the London marathon, where he was the official starter.

"I have been hitting the ball from a stationary position but I haven't been doing any movement", Murray said at the time. "I don't feel any pressure to get playing again but if my body will allow, I will try... I'm pain-free, happy and enjoying my life".

Murray is now back in light training, and had a hitting session with Australia's Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon on Monday. The three-time Grand Slam champion conceded that he might have lost his race against time to be fit for the men's singles at Wimbledon, but he was more optimistic about his chances of competing in the men's doubles.

"It's not enough time," Murray told the Times. "I'd say there's very little chance I'd play singles during the grass [season]". 
"Potentially doubles, but I'm not trying to get ready for singles. I've only just started moving now".



Murray is cautiously optimistic of a return to singles action at some point in the future, saying if his hip continues to feel good, he will give it a shot.

“If I continue to feel good then I will obviously give it a shot in singles and see what happens. In doubles I'm pretty certain I'll be able to play, just based on having an example to look at", (referencing American doubles star, Mike Bryan who has made a successful return to the sport after undergoing a similar procedure. 
"The thing I said before was that, if I wasn't feeling good, there was more chance that I would play and then stop after Wimbledon. Whereas if it's feeling good, it makes a bit more sense to give it time to make sure that it's as good as possible before I try to play singles on it."

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"There's very little chance I'd play singles", Andy Murray effectively rules out competing in the men's singles at Wimbledon, hopeful on doubles

Andy Murray has all but ruled out competing in the men's singles at Wimbledon this year, but the former world No. 1 is more hopeful of featuring in the doubles. Murray is also cautiously optimistic of returning to singles action at some point in the future.

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