ANDY MURRAY hopes to be playing singles tennis by the end of the year – but probably after the US Open  The Scot will mark his return to competition next week when he doubles up with Spaniard Feliciano Lopez at the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s  It will be his first moment of competitive action since undergoing a hip resurfacing operation in January, barely weeks after his first-round exit at the Australian Open to Roberto Bautista Agut  The 32-year-old has dropped to 215th in the world rankings but if he does play singles again before the end of 2019 – probably in the autumn at the earliest – it would represent a remarkable comeback for a player who feared he was finished as an elite star  Speaking at the launch of a new Amazon Prime Video Future Talent award, Murray said: “It’s baby steps just now  “I’m feeling good, pretty much pain free and enjoying kind of just training, practising, improving all the time just now  “I don’t think when Wimbledon finishes that I’ll 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  “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  “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 and at the US Open to 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, who says he has been pain free for months now, practised with the American youngster Frances Tiafoe at Wimbledon last week but admits he has not undertaken a full-length match Latest tennis news’especially artful’ Most extraordinary on-court meltdown ever as ace smashes racket to bits GAME ON Planning a visit to Wimbledon for the tennis? Here’s the info you need DRESSED TO IMPRESS The lowdown on the dress code for Wimbledon spectators ONE LOVE Who is Xisca Perello? The girlfriend of Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal THIEM FOR LOVE Who is Dominic Thiem’s girlfriend Kristina Mladenovic? KING OF CLAY Rafa Nadal batters Dominic Thiem to win record-breaking12th French Open Live BlogNadal vs Thiem Latest news from the French Open final as Nadal goes for TWELFTH title ROLL ON GARROS French Open 2019 FREE: TV channel, live stream, start time and British ties  Murray added: “No singles practice sets yet But I have done some singles training drills with my coach.  “Earlier on I was hitting with singles players but I was more stationary I was moving them rather than them moving me about.  “So, I have not played proper singles-wise yet I’m hoping that will come more after Wimbledon.”  Murray and Amazon Prime Video will select one male and one female player to receive £60,000 in funding over the next two years to help their tennis careers Applications are open via

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