Andy Murray has set his sights on being ready for Queen’s and Wimbledon after opting out of competing at the Nottingham Open next week.
The former world number one was pencilled in to feature at the grasscourt event in the East Midlands but has decided to focus on building his fitness rather than suffering any suspected setback in his recovery from the groin injury that has hampered his return to the tour.
Murray picked up the problem ahead of the Miami Open back in March and was due to launch a late comeback at the French Open but chose to skip Roland Garros after suffering further discomfort.
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The 34-year-old Briton has been practising at Wimbledon this week and is now aiming to step up his preparation ahead of the start of Queen’s on June 12.
Last month he admitted he has been frustrated by the stop-start nature of his bid to launch a successful and sustained comeback from the two hip surgeries that threatened to end his career.
"Once I had the metal hip I knew it wasn’t going to be easy," said Murray. "There’s just... at times, I didn’t expect it to be quite like this."
Murray has only completed three-tour level singles matches since October last year but did play two doubles matches with Liam Brady at the Rome masters recently.
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