• Murray returns to doubles action next week after hip surgery
• ‘It’s baby steps just now, but I hope to play singles this year’
Andy Murray has given his biggest hint yet that he may once again compete at the top of his sport, after the three‑times grand slam champion admitted he hoped to return to singles competition before the end of the year.
After he made an emotional address to the Australian Open crowd following his first-round defeat against Roberto Bautista Agut in January, many thought Murray had played his last match of any kind. Four months after undergoing surgery on his right hip however, the Scot says he is largely pain free. He will compete alongside Feliciano López in the doubles competition at Queen’s Club next week and, provided there are no setbacks, at Wimbledon in July.