Former world number one Andy Murray has admitted he is ready to reclaim his ranking amongst the world’s top players, as he prepares for his first match since missing Wimbledon.

Murray, who is now ranked 838th in the world, has struggled over the past 12 months due to an ongoing hip problem which required surgery in January, and is set to return to action at the Washington Open.

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The 31-year-old, who appeared at Queen’s and Eastbourne last month, withdrew from Wimbledon days before his first round match, admitting it was “too soon” to play in five-set matches.

Talking to Tennis 365, the Scot seemed in an upbeat mood ahead of his first round match with Mackenzie McDonald.

I’m feeling better than I did during the grass-court season, that’s for sure.

I want to stay healthy through the end of the year. I think if I do that, then I’ll start to win more matches, my ranking will move up.

So that’s my goal between now and the end of the year and hopefully it’ll mean I’ll be ready to start the 2019 season really well.

If Murray defeats McDonald in Washington, he may well end up facing fellow Brit Kyle Edmund in the second round, and a positive performance could kickstart his climb back up the world rankings.