Andy Murray will only return to competitive action when he is 100percent fit and has targeted the Brisbane international in January.
Murray has been dogged by a hip injury that curtailed his season after his loss to America's Sam Querrey at Wimbledon in July, but he is now on the way back.
The Scot made his first public appearance on Tuesday when losing 6-3 3-6 10-6 to Roger Federer in a charity event in Glasgow and says he is now in a much better place than three months ago.
"I am in a significantly better place than at the end of Wimbledon and in the build-up to the US Open," said Murray. "Walking was a big problem for me."
Murray's main aim is to get back to full fitness as soon as possible and has targeted the Brisbane International in January, which is played two weeks before the Australian Open gets under way on January 15.
"When I get back on the court again my best form might not come immediately but there's nothing that's making me think I can't find it," Murray added. "I'll come back when I'm ready and 100% fit. I believe I will get back to that."