Andy Murray is edging closer to a return to singles action with the three-time Grand Slam winner admitting that he could make his comeback before the US Open.
The former world No 1 has not played singles since the Australian Open as he underwent hip resurfacing surgery at the end of January and only made a return to doubles in June.
He has competed in three tournaments since his return and will also feature at the Citi Open doubles alongside his brother Jamie this week.
Asked about a return to singles ahead of the Washington event, the 32-year-old said: “What I’m doing here is, for the most part, I’m going to practise singles and play doubles to compete and then just each week I’m just going to see. If I keep progressing and I feel good in three weeks’ time, then I’ll play singles as soon as I’m ready. I’m not quite ready at this week, but I hope at some stage soon I will be.
He added: “Best-case scenario probably would be Cincinnati. And then if I wasn’t able to play in Cincinnati, there’s a good chance I would probably wait until after New York, because I wouldn’t want my first tournament, either, to be playing best-of-five.”
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He has been putting in the hard yards on the practice courts, but he admits he needs to do a bit more cardio if he is to compete in the Cincinnati Masters that starts on August 12.
“In terms of how I’m moving and feeling and pulling up the next day from these practices, I’m really happy with where I’m at. I think I’m quite close,” he said.
“If I was to play a tournament in a few weeks’ time, I could do it. But it’s just to get to maybe where I want to get to, I’ll need to play matches and get a little bit more work done in the gym on my cardio.”
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