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Andy Murray: Britain’s three-time Grand Slam winner ready to be considered a singles player again

By Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent in Cincinnati

Andy Murray’s last look in the singles at a Astronomical Slam became in January’s Australian Commence

Andy Murray doesn’t are inclined to sugar coat his solutions.

He accepts there are causes to be cheerful after his 6-4 6-4 defeat by Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati, but admits he’s “reasonably some distance some distance from the assign I’d preserve to be”.

That is to be expected after fair two weeks of devoted note sooner than his first singles match for seven months.

Murray will most effective play doubles in Novel York, when the US Commence gets below capacity in a fortnight. But you might possibly possibly possibly possibly now preserve into consideration him a singles participant above all else as soon as extra.

A singles participant who expects to be aid in his high physical situation in January: 365 days after the 2d operation on his moral hip.

“I get nine to 365 days after the operation is after I’d put a matter to to be getting end to the accurate that I might possibly possibly furthermore be physically – and velocity wise I ought to be completely recovered by 365 days,” Murray told BBC Sport.

The 32-365 days-ancient incessantly measures his velocity across the court. Those numbers are bettering, he says, but they most effective let you know so mighty.

“They’ve improved, but they are reasonably linear speeds, and repeatable tests, whereas on a match court you are changing direction and having to react to balls and anticipate.

“The capacity to fetch that aid is by taking half in fits. It is probably you’ll possibly possibly possibly furthermore hit as many velocity targets as you be pleased, but whenever you fetch out on court it be very assorted. I label now now not feel I became very slow out on the court on the present time, but I became now now not as rapid as I’d enjoy loved.”

Murray will train over the following couple of days whether or now to now not play singles in Winston-Salem, in North Carolina subsequent week. He’ll then enjoy heaps of more than just a few to practise his singles accurate by the US Commence sooner than he heads in September to China, the assign he tends to play properly.

Appearances in Zhuhai and Beijing are already in the diary, with the loads of of including Shanghai to his time desk the week after. There are then three extra weeks of tournaments in Europe sooner than the frequent season comes to an close.

“I’m completely now now not going to switch backwards from right here,” Murray says.

“Whenever I’ve practised singles to this point, it be all fair been note models attributable to I became searching to fetch aid on the match court.

“But whenever you no doubt fetch available and originate up taking half in you realise, ‘Wow,’ my return desires to recuperate; I need to toughen my aid. I need to fetch myself on the note court and work on this stuff particularly.”

This might possibly preserve Murray some time. It is now now not only that he has missed seven months this 365 days.

He became most effective ready to play six events in the preceding 18 months (on a hip that became still now now not match for reason), and even the very finest desire a substantial length to gain that match sharpness after such an age some distance from the tour.

Although they are now now not taking half in with a resurfaced metallic hip.

“This might possibly possibly also be thrilling and enticing to mediate how I fetch on,” Murray concluded.

“It be now now not something that is been tried or done sooner than in tennis. Confidently if it goes properly this will possibly possibly possibly be an risk for added athletes down the line.”

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August 13, 2019