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Murray hopes to play singles again, doesn’t give time frame

June 12, 2019
FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2018, file photo, Andy Murray, of Britain, returns a shot to James Duckworth, of Australia, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Three-time major champion Murray is planning to return from hip surgery by competing in doubles at the Queen's Club tournament this month. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2018, file photo, Andy Murray, of Britain, returns a shot to James Duckworth, of Australia, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Three-time major champion Murray is planning to return from hip surgery by competing in doubles at the Queen's Club tournament this month. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)

LONDON (AP) — Andy Murray says he is playing tennis “pretty much pain-free” and is hoping to compete in singles “at some stage this year.”

The three-time Grand Slam champion says he doesn’t want to put a time frame on when his return to singles would be.

Murray says he is “quite happy just now so I don’t need to play singles after Wimbledon or at the U.S. Open. If I can, that would be brilliant, but I don’t think that’s going to be the case. I think it’s going to take a bit longer.”

Murray underwent hip surgery in January, soon after a tearful news conference at the Australian Open when he said the tournament could be his last after almost two years of injury problems.

The British player is competing in the doubles with Feliciano Lopez at the Queen’s Club grass-court event next week. He then plans to play doubles at Wimbledon.

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