Andy Murray says his return to tennis for singles may be closer than he originally thought.
The triple Grand Slam winner returned to the game in January after a hip renewal operation, but has so far been limited to double action.
Speaking of his return to the singles game, the 32-year-old reporter said, “I am closer than perhaps what I thought I was.”
He said his best hope would be a return to the single course at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati in August.
If not, he would wait until after the US Open.
“The best case would probably be Cincinnati,” he said.
“And if I couldn’t play in Cincinnati, chances are I would probably wait until after New York, because I also didn’t want my first tournament to play the best-of-five.”
The star said he would return to the singles game “as soon as I’m done”.
“In terms of how I feel and feel … of these practices I am really happy with where I am,” Murray added.
“I’m pretty close, but there are things that need to improve. If I played a tournament in a few weeks, I could do it.
“But it’s just to get to where I want to go, I have to play games and get a little more work done in the gym on my cardio.
“In short, what I do here is for the most part that I’m going to practice singles and play doubles to compete.
“And every week I’ll just see it. If I keep going and feel good in three weeks, I’ll play singles as soon as I’m done.”
Murray won his first tournament since his operation at Queen’s in June with men’s double partner Feliciano Lopez.
His performances have been less successful since then, as he suffered early exits at Eastbourne and Wimbledon – despite working with 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams in the mixed doubles of Wimbledon.
Murray then joins brother Jamie at next week’s Citi Open in Washington, where Jamie is the title defender.