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Murray singles return edging ever closer

Murray was not expected to return to singles until next year. Credit: PA

Three-time grand slam winner Andy Murray said his singles return may be closer than he originally thought.

The 32-year-old has so far been restricted to doubles action since returning to the game following his hip resurfacing operation in January, winning his first tournament back at Queen's in June before suffering early exits at Eastbourne and Wimbledon.

He will link up with brother Jamie at next week's Citi Open in Washington.

Speaking ahead of the tournament of his return to singles action, he told reporters: "I'm closer than maybe what I thought I was."

Murray added that a return to the hard courts in August was in his sights, and if not, then he would wait until after the US Open.

He said: "Best-case scenario probably would be Cincinnati. And then if I wasn't able to play in Cincinnati, there's a good chance I would probably wait until after New York, because I wouldn't want my first tournament, either, to be playing best-of-five."

Murray's last grand slam appearance was on the hard courts of Melbourne, where he was dispatched in the first round by quarter-finalist Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets.

The Murray brothers last played together at the Rio Olympics, but were a prolific partnership during Great Britain's 2015 Davis Cup victory, while they have won two ATP Tour titles together, in Tokyo in 2011 and Valencia the year before.

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Murray to return from injury at Queen's

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Andy Murray will step up his recovery from injury in the first round of the doubles at Queen's Club against number one seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.

The 32-year-old will return to the court for the first time since undergoing hip surgery in January alongside doubles partner Feliciano Lopez at the Fever-Tree Championships.

British number one Kyle Edmund will face top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round of the men's singles, while fellow Briton Dan Evans faces a tough task against Stan Wawrinka.

Kevin Anderson, seeded second, will make his return to competitive action after being sidelined since March against another home favourite in Cameron Norrie.

Elsewhere, defending champion Marin Cilic opens his campaign against Cristian Garin while Juan Martin Del Potro faces Denis Shapovalov in round one.

Queen's club wait on Andy Murray availability

Murray is a five-time winner of the Queen's Club title. Credit: PA

The Queen's Club has reserved Andy Murray a wild card entry for the 2019 Fever-Tree Championships, tournament organisers announced on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old is recovering from hip surgery and has yet to set a date for a potential return, having last played competitively at the Australian Open in January.

The Fever-Tree Championships run from June 17 to 23, so could offer Murray a chance of some grass-court action ahead of Wimbledon should he feel fit enough.

Murray had the hip resurfacing operation in London in January and says he is now pain free, although he has only been hitting balls from a stationary position so far.

The Scot could also yet use a protected ranking to enter Wimbledon, who have set an official deadline of June 18 to apply for a wild card for this year's championships.

A statement from the Fever-Tree Championships read: "A wild card is being held in reserve for Murray, who will let tournament director Stephen Farrow know nearer the time of the event if he is fit enough to take it."

Murray said before the Australian Open that he planned to retire after this summer's Wimbledon, but also revealed that the tournament in Melbourne could prove to be his last event.

British number one Kyle Edmund and compatriot Cameron Norrie, meanwhile, have both been confirmed on the final entry list at Queen's, which will have plenty of interest in the 32-strong draw from the top ATP Tour players.

Last year's Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson and world number eight Juan Martin Del Potro are set to play, along with defending champion Marin Cilic, Nick Kyrgios, Stan Wawrinka, Grigor Dimitrov, Milos Raonic, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Australian Open semi-finalist Lucas Pouille.

Tournament director Stephen Farrow said: "This year's Fever-Tree Championships player field is full of stars of the present and the future.

"We are delighted to see top-10 players Kevin Anderson and Juan Martin Del Potro join a line-up that already includes Grand Slam champions Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka, and a group of young players that we anticipate being stars of the sport for many years to come."

There will also be a doubles title at Queen's Club, along with the first grass-court wheelchair ranking tournament outside of Wimbledon and the inaugural Paul Hutchins Trophy, an 18-and-under match between Great Britain and the United States of America.

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