‘Very little chance’ Andy Murray will play singles at Wimbledon, but doubles a possibility
It is unlikely that we will see Andy Murray in Wimbledon singles action this year, but he could feature in the doubles at the All England Club come July.
The three-time Grand Slam winner announced ahead of the Australian Open that this year’s tournament at SW19 is likely to be his last due to a long-standing hip injury.
However, he underwent hip resurfacing surgery at the end of January and has given several positive updates about a possible return to competitive tennis.
In an interview with The Times, he revealed that he is “pretty certain” he will be able to play doubles in the long run while he still needs more time to decide about singles.
“I don’t have pain, I just need to see how good the hip can get really. I know from seeing what Bob Bryan has done that for doubles it will be fine,” he said.
He added: “If I continue to feel good then I will obviously give it a shot in singles and see what happens, whereas in doubles I am pretty certain I will be able to play.”
Of course all the attention is already on this year’s Wimbledon and whether or not he will make an appearance, but again he iterated that he is unlikely to feature in the singles.
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“I would say there is very little chance I would play singles during the grass [season]. Potentially doubles, but I’m not trying to get ready for singles just now,” he said.
“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.
“Because I’ve only just started moving now, to get ready for the grass singles-wise I would have to be doing that for two and a half to three weeks before Queen’s, and that would give me only five or six days of building up to start running properly. It’s not enough time.”
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