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Murray wants Wimbledon wildcard

Jamie Murray
Jamie Murray has won four ATP doubles titles

Britain's number one doubles player Jamie Murray has requested a wildcard for this year's Wimbledon singles.

The 22-year-old Scot last played a top-level singles match in April 2007 and is currently without a world ranking.

But Murray has tasted success at Wimbledon, winning the mixed doubles event with Jelena Jankovic in 2007.

"I would like to give it a go, and I thought after what I did last year it was probably my best chance. It would be a dream come true," he said.

Eight wildcards are available for the men's and women's events and are given to players whose ranking is not high enough to enter the event on merit.

Murray has won four doubles titles, but his only top-level singles match was a Davis Cup defeat by Dutchman Robin Haase last year, and he has never been ranked higher than 834.

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"We don't have too many options in our country so I thought why not give it a try?" said Murray, who has also asked for entry into the singles at Queen's in the lead-up to Wimbledon.

"The faster surfaces suit my game so I think I could do OK. I can only ask and see what happens."

The Lawn Tennis Association will recommend up to eight British men and women ranked in the world's top 250 to the All England Club.

However, on the men's side, only two men fit that criteria: Jamie Baker, at 242, and 243rd-ranked Alex Bogdanovic.

Baker is highly unlikely to play at Wimbledon as he is recovering from a serious illness.

That means Murray could yet be awarded a place in the tournament, which begins on 23 June, while Wimbledon officials could invite any international players who fall within the world's top 250.


see also
Murray slumps to doubles defeat
17 Jan 08 |  Tennis
Henman seals comfortable GB win
08 Apr 07 |  Tennis
Move over Andy
22 Mar 07 |  Tennis


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