Andy Murray Hoping to Return for Wimbledon as He Recovers from Hip Surgery

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2018

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 31:  Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a backhand in a warm-up session during day one at the 2018 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on December 31, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
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Andy Murray has revealed he is hoping to return to action for Wimbledon 2018, which begins on July 2.

A two-time champion in SW19, Murray has not played at all since last year's tournament and underwent a hip operation in Melbourne, Australia, in January. But he has now said he is hopeful of returning from injury for the grass-court season, per Kevin Mitchell of the Guardian:

"It's been very slow. I've been out getting close to a year now, which is a lot longer than I think me or any of my team expected at the beginning. But I'm getting closer to playing again. I've started training a few days ago and hoping to make my comeback during the grass-court season.

"I'm hoping I will be there [in contention at Wimbledon], but Roger Federer has obviously got a phenomenal record on grass. He's won eight times at Wimbledon, so he'll definitely [be] up there as one of the favourites. But you never know; it depends a little bit on the draw."

Murray, 31, has now missed three Grand Slams in succession since his quarter-final exit to Sam Querrey at last year's Wimbledon.

As a result, the Scot has lost his spot as British No. 1 to Kyle Edmund and is currently No. 47 in the world.

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Per the Times' Stuart Fraser, he is set to drop out of the top 150 come the end of the 2018 French Open:

On top form, Murray is one of the best grass-court players in the world, and he will be a contender for Wimbledon if he can return to full fitness in time.

Queen's Club will likely be a key target for Murray as a warm-up event for Wimbledon. It is a tournament he has won five times in the past, and it should have a strong field.