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US Open singles 'not the target' for Murray after Queen's triumph

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38   //    24 Jun 2019, 17:14 IST
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Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray

Andy Murray says playing singles at the US Open "is not the target" after his glorious doubles return at the Queen's Club Championship.

The three-time grand slam champion and Feliciano Lopez took the title in London on Sunday just five months after the Brit underwent hip resurfacing surgery.

An emotional Murray stated that his tennis career may be over when he pulled out of the Australian Open in January before going under the knife again.

The 32-year-old hopes to play singles this season, but is unsure how soon he will be able to go it alone.

"I could start practising for singles through the US Open swing, while I continue playing doubles and then try to maybe play singles after that," the former world number one stated in his BBC Sport column.

"Or maybe I will take a month or six weeks off after Wimbledon to get myself ready for singles. Then I might be able to play singles close to the US Open.

"But getting to the US Open this year and being competitive isn't the target."

Murray, who will feature with Marcelo Melo in the doubles at Eastbourne this week before teaming up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert at Wimbledon, also discussed his options on court after his Queen's success.

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"I sort of have a bit of a decision to make," he said. "I either set a goal of maybe trying to play singles post-US Open and then I would maybe have a few weeks training. Two weeks training after Wimbledon and then maybe keep going with some doubles through the US Open swing. 

"Or take a little bit more time to train and maybe give myself three or four weeks, another month of building up and playing some singles.

"I could potentially try just before then at some of the tournaments, like Cincinnati or Winston-Salem. I could do something like that, but I need to see my team. I'm just really happy that my body's fine, I'm feeling good, I'm healthy and I'm going to take my time.

"I'm not going to rush this because I don't want to and I don't need to and if it means not playing singles until a bit later fine I'm just happy to be back on the court with no pain in my hip."

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