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Tennis news: Andy Murray odds-on to play at Wimbledon this year

Former champion is pain free after hip surgery

Andy Murray (right) walks off court after his Australian Open loss against Roberto Bautista Agut
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Andy Murray is pain-free following hip resurfacing surgery and Betway make the three-time Grand Slam champion odds-on to play in either the singles or doubles tournaments at Wimbledon this summer.

Murray announced his intention to retire at Wimbledon before the start of the Australian Open - where he bowed out with a gutsy five-set loss to Roberto Bautista Agut in the opening round - and questions remain about whether the 31-year-old will be seen on court again following the procedure.

But Murray was positive when speaking to press this week and is a 5-4 shot to play in the singles at Wimbledon and just 8-15 to feature in doubles at the All England Club.

He underwent surgery in London immediately after the Melbourne Slam in a bid to improve his quality of life and while a return to tennis looked a long way off, he has not given up hope of making an appearance in his home Major, for which he is a best-priced 33-1.

Should that come too soon, Betway offer 13-8 that he plays at the US Open and 6-4 that he lines up at the 2020 Australian Open.

Should Murray return so soon?

Despite all the positives in recent days, Murray is right to be cautious about a return from such a serious procedure and, if he wants to resume his tennis career full-time, rushing back in time for Wimbledon may not be the best idea.

Doubles star Bob Bryan came back from a similar operation in just five months but it has never been done by a singles player before and Murray's intense style could lead to further problems in the future.

The Briton has expressed a desire to play a warm-up tournament if he is to line up at Wimbledon and it seems more likely that we will see Murray play doubles as he bids to get back up to speed.

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Murray is rated a 5-4 shot to play singles at Wimbledon and just 8-15 to feature in doubles at the All England Club
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