Andy Murray has warned he is still ‘months’ away from making a full comeback to singles action as he gets ready to resume his career at the Cincinnati Open.
The former world number one has focused on doubles since returning from career-saving hip surgery, but he faces Richard Gasquet in the first round in Cincinnati on Monday night.
The hope is that he can come through it sufficiently to consider taking a wildcard for the US Open later this month.
Murray, though, is keen to stress that he is still some way short of being able to target his old level – and he’s fine with that.
“I would have signed up for being in this position I’m in six months ago, absolutely,” Murray told reporters.
“I have zero pain. I’m not expecting to be moving as well as I used to, but I still think I can probably move better than I am now.
“But that will take time. I started playing singles a couple weeks ago.
“There’s still some improvement to come from my hip operation as well. So in the next few months, I’ll build up to that.”
“Obviously I’ll find out on the court if I have doubts about my movement and how my hip and stuff is feeling, but I’ve done what I could to make that easy on myself.
“There’s nothing for me to worry about, but I know it’s easy to say that but when you get on the court, psychologically it can be tricky.”
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