Andy Murray admitted he’s happy if he can play at the level of a world No. 30 in 2018 as he continues to pursue full fitness.
The Scot returned to court on Friday, losing an exhibition set 6-2 to Roberto Bautista Agut at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship after Novak Djokovic withdrew from the event due to a recurrence of his elbow injury.
Murray has not played a competitive ATP match since hobbling out of his Wimbledon quarter-final against Sam Querrey due to a hip problem but is due to return to action at the Brisbane International.
The three-time Grand Slam champion was handed a bye in the first round and will meet either Ryan Harrison or Leonardo Mayer in round two as he looks to step-up his return.
But he admitted he isn’t holding much hope for neither Brisbane nor the Australian Open, and that he’s taking his return step-by-step.
‘Just because I’ve not played for such a long time,’ he explained for why he doesn’t have great expectations for either tournament.
‘And also I just want to enjoy playing again. I’ve really missed it the last six months or so.
‘I don’t mind if it’s 30 in the world level. I would love it to be number one in the world level, but I just want to play.’
‘I don’t feel like there’s many miles in my legs, which, you know, was certainly the case at the beginning of 2017, where most days I was quite sore kind of all over.
‘Right now the hip is the only thing that is any concern. The rest of my body feels really good.’
Murray is not the only Brit in action in Brisbane, with Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund also taking to court.
British No. 1 Konta faces a tough opener in 2018 against US Open runner-up Madison Keys, while Edmund will take on talented young Canadian Denis Shapovalov.
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