Andy Murray sets comeback date after backing ‘great’ decision to withdraw from Wimbledon

Andy Murray plans on stepping up his comeback bid at the Washington open in three weeks, and insists his decision to skip Wimbledon was the right one.

The former British and world number one made his return after a year out injured at Queen’s and Eastbourne before Wimbledon, but opted to sit out at SW19 to protect his progress.

That, however, was a “great” decision, according to the man himself, who also confirmed when he plans to return to the court.

“I think it was the best decision not to play at Wimbledon,” he said. “Last time I came in when the hip was bad, made the quarter-finals and missed a year. I didn’t want to go in, play four, five matches and do more damage.

“I was really close. I was here on the Saturday, practising and playing sets, desperate to play.

“That is why I think it was such a great decision not to. When I thought about it long and hard, I was very unlikely to win the event. The smart thing was not to play.

“I was back on Monday playing on the hard courts and as soon as I got on the hard courts I felt better. Hopefully that will help my movement and free up my hip a little bit.

“My plan is still to play in Washington which starts three weeks yesterday, but I am going to be here the next few weeks, practising on the hard courts.”