Cape Town - Andy Murray has moved to temper
expectations ahead of the US Open, saying he is unsure whether he will
be physically ready for the rigours of singles competition.
Having undergone hip surgery at the end of January, the three-time
Grand Slam singles winner made his return in the men's doubles at
Queen's Club in June.
He also teamed up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the men's doubles at
Wimbledon before they exited in the second round while he is still
competing in the mixed doubles alongside Serena Williams.
However, the big aim is to make a return to the singles, but the
final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open at Flushing Meadows, is a bit
too soon for the 32-year-old.
"I think it's pretty unlikely I'll play (at the US Open)," he said.
"I talked to my team a bit about this. There's just a lot of stuff to
get done physically so I'm stronger.
"The amount of work I need to do on the court to get ready for
singles, the amount of work I need to put in off the court to be strong
enough to play best-of-five sets - that's still quite a long way away,
"I would love to play but I need to look, like, pretty long-term with
this. I don't want to be having to go through another big operation in a
few years' time. I want to make sure the operation I've had lasts for
as long as possible. To give it the best chance, I need to make sure
that I'm physically really strong."