Andy Murray has conceded that his return to singles action may not come until after the US Open.
The three-time Grand Slam champion underwent career-saving hip surgery in January after playing what he admitted could have been his final professional match at the Australian Open.
The 32-year-old has been back in training for a number of weeks, with his progress sufficient enough for him to commit to a comeback.
He has described his progress as "baby steps" after it was confirmed he will play doubles in the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's Club.
The Brit will partner Spain's Feliciano Lopez next week before intending to play doubles at Wimbledon, and he's now given an update on his situation.
“I’m feeling good, pretty much pain free and enjoying kind of just training, practising, improving all the time just now," he said.
“I don’t think when Wimbledon finishes that I will just step onto the singles court the following week and everything’s good.
"I still have quite a lot of work to do before I’m at a level where I feel like I’ll be able to be competitive."
Despite believing his progress is going well, Murray suggested his singles return will not happen until after the US Open which ends on September 8.
“At this moment I’ve been progressing all of the time, at some stage it’s probably going to plateau for a while before I’m able to kick on," he added.
"I hope at some stage this year I would be able to get back to playing singles again. When that is, I’m not really interested in putting a time limit on it because I’m quite happy just now so I don’t need to play singles after Wimbledon or at the US Open.
"You know, enjoy doing what I’m doing just now. If I can that would be brilliant but I don’t think that’s going to be the case, I think it’s going to take a bit longer.”
Murray was speaking at Queen's Club on Wednesday at the launch of the Prime Video Future Talent Award to support one female and one male British player with £60,000 of funding.
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