Andy Murray says he is relishing a return to action at the Brisbane International, having been forced to spend several months on the sidelines.
Murray is finally poised to return to action, having been out since losing to Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in July, when he was badly hampered by a hip problem.
I need to play matches to see exactly where it's at.Andy Murray
And, while Murray admits that his hip is far from perfect, he is excited about being able to compete once again, having dropped down to number 16 in the world rankings due to his enforced absence.
He told reporters: "Right now the hip is the only thing that is any concern. The rest of my body feels really good.
"Unless something happens in the next couple of days, I don't see myself not playing because of my hip. I need to play matches to see exactly where it's at.
"I just want to enjoy playing again. I've really missed it the last six months or so. When you miss a period, you realise how lucky you are to be doing this as a job.
"I want to play tennis. I don’t mind if it's 30 in the world level - I'd love it to be number one in the world level - but I just want to play."
Murray, a five-time runner-up, is available at 1213.00 to finally win the Australian Open early next year, with defending champion Roger Federer 2.75 and Novak Djokovic 6.00.
Murray lost in the Melbourne final in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016, with the first of those losses coming at the hands of Federer, while the other four were all to Djokovic.
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