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Singles still the ultimate goal for Murray

17th June 2019, 10:46 by Gareth Freeman

Andy Murray says he is still hopeful of competing in singles events again as he prepares to make his comeback in doubles.

Murray will partner Feliciano Lopez at Queen's this week in his first competitive action since undergoing hip surgery after the Australian Open.

The three-time Grand Slam winner admits he is still unsure if he will be able to return to singles events, but he is optimistic and is looking forward to testing himself at Queen's.

"I can't tell you how I'll feel when I get back on the court, but I feel lucky, I feel pretty relaxed," he told the Evening Standard.

"I didn't expect to be in this position. It's been brilliant. I'm looking forward to getting back out there. I don't know what to expect and I'm not putting any expectations on myself. It is just about being out on the tennis court, comfortable is enough. So, we'll see what happens."

He added: "My goal is still to get back to playing singles. Ultimately, that's what I'd like to do.

"We felt doubles was a good option to test myself out, where there's less loading on the body and less movement, but you still have to make quick moves and reactions.

"It's quite a nice progression from all the rehab I've been doing. So, I'll see how I'm doing on a match court playing doubles, and see what I need to improve on. We thought it was a good way to go, rather than a tour level match."

Murray and Lopez face a tough opening assignment at Queen's as they will come up against top seeds in Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah on Wednesday.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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