Mur­ray to avoid hor­ror Wim­ble­don draw de­spite low rank­ing

Daily Trust - - SPORT - Gambo Mo­hammed

Wim­ble­don cham­pion Andy Mur­ray should be spared a hor­ror draw at this year’s tour­na­ment de­spite his re­cent rank­ings slide, or­gan­is­ers said yes­ter­day.

Mur­ray, who be­came the first Bri­tish man to win the men’s sin­gles at the grass court grand slam for 77 years last July when he beat Novak Djokovic in the fi­nal, has sunk to eighth in the ATP rank­ings which at most tour­na­ments de­ter­mine seed­ings.

How­ever, Wim­ble­don’s seed­ing sys­tem, which takes into ac­count past per­for­mances on the grass sur­face, means it is un­likely Mur­ray would find him­self out­side the top four seeds even if his world rank­ing does not im­prove.

Seed­ings at Wim­ble­don are gen­er­ally based on ATP rank­ings but the fact that Mur­ray was un­beaten on grass last year and reached the Wim­ble­don fi­nal in 2012 as well will count in his favour, ac­cord­ing to All Eng­land Club chair­man Philip Brook.

“For Andy Mur­ray, as the win­ner of Queen’s last year and the win­ner here last year, and a fi­nal­ist here in 2012, there will be a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on him,” he told a news con­fer­ence.

Mur­ray’s rank­ing has slipped from a ca­reer-high two down to eight, largely be­cause of back surgery at the end of last year.

Al­though he has fully re­cov­ered, his form has been in­con­sis­tent and he was well beaten by Roger Fed­erer at the Aus­tralian Open.

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