ANY lingering hope of Andy Murray taking part in this year's men's singles at Wimbledon looks to have been extinguished following comments from the Scottish tennis star.

The two-time Wimbledon winner is still recovering from a hip operation that he underwent earlier this year and now says there is "very little chance" of him taking part in the singles at the All England Club.

Murray told the Times: "I would say there is very little chance I would play singles during the grass [season]. Potentially doubles, but I’m not trying to get ready for singles just now.

"The thing I said before was that, if I wasn’t feeling good, there was more chance that I would play and then stop after Wimbledon. Whereas if it’s feeling good, it makes a bit more sense to give it time to make sure that it’s as good as possible before I try to play singles on it.

"Because I’ve only just started moving now, to get ready for the grass singles-wise I would have to be doing that for two and a half to three weeks before Queen’s, and that would only give me five or six days of building up to start running properly. It’s not enough time."


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Murray has not revealed who is doubles partner would be if he takes part in this year's tournament, but his brother Jamie - who plays doubles regularly - says it is unlikely to be him.

"These are the peak years in my career and, if I go to play Wimbledon with someone who hasn’t hit a tennis ball in eight months, I’m kind of giving up one of those years, so that’s a big decision for me to take," Jamie Murray said.