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London | Murray could be granted a late wild card

The hopes that Andy Murray could make this year’s Championships, remain positive though the former British No.1 has not given any indication that he is ready to take part at the 2019 Championships.

If Andy came forward with a strong case, I am sure we would work with him. Richard Lewis

It was suggested at the yesterday’s Spring Press Conference that the deadline for the two-time champion’s application could be extended under special circumstances.

The official deadline is June 18 when the Committee meet to discuss the merits of the various applications for the event which kicks off on July 1.

If he is fit enough, the 31-year-old Scot, currently ranked 218, could use his protected ranking to enter the tournament, but he might apply for a wildcard in order to use that ranking for future events.

“There have been no discussions with Andy yet,” said All England Club chairman Philip Brook on Tuesday.  “It’s too soon to know the answer to that one.

“Should he wish to apply, he would do so in the normal way. We have a scheduled meeting on June 18 ahead of The Championships to decide on wildcards.

“We have a process which applies to all players.”

Asked if the deadline could be extended for Murray, chief executive Richard Lewis responded: “If Andy came forward with a strong case, I am sure we would work with him.”

Murray has not played competitively since the Australian Open in January, where he lost in five sets to Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round. At the time it was felt that that would be his last appearance on a court but he has always wanted to actually retire at Wimbledon.

Having had a hip resurfacing operation in London following Melbourne, he has recently admitted he is finally pain free, has played some golf and hit some tennis balls against a practice wall.

However, fans will just have to wait and see if he is to make this year’s Wimbledon his swan song.









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