Murray 'hoping' to return from hip surgery for grass season

Andy Murray says he is 'getting closer' to a return from a lengthy injury

Andy Murray says he is 'getting closer' to a return from a lengthy injury

Andy Murray says he "getting closer" to playing again following a frustratingly long injury lay-off and hopes to be fit enough to target a third Wimbledon title.

Finally undergoing hip surgery in Australia at the start of January after a couple of false starts, the Scot still hasn't played any competitive tennis since losing bravely in five sets to Sam Querrey of the US in the SW19 quarter finals previous year.

'I started training a few days ago and I'm hoping to make my comeback in the grass-court season'. "I've been out getting close to a year now which is a lot longer than I think me or any of my team expected at the beginning".

He said in a video shot at a promotional appearance for a vehicle sponsor that he recently began training again and is still hoping to play on the grass.

He added he is "getting closer to playing again".

The 2018 Wimbledon Championships could be without two of its past men's singles winners after Andy Murray pulled out of a warm-up tournament and Novak Djokovic cast doubts over his grass-court summer plans. "Roger Federer has got a phenomenal record on grass, has won seven times at Wimbledon, he'll definitely be up there as one of the favourites".

"He knows what he still wants to achieve in the game".

Of greater long-term importance, however, is how the hip responds when Murray starts to up the intensity of his on-court sessions, and begins to play practice sets against other ATP players.

"Any player who has been out injured, it takes you a bit of time to get back to top form", she said.

"You need matches to build up your match fitness". "He's been back on the court in the last couple of days".

"He will be guided by his body and how he feels".

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