Jamie Murray Given Wild Card for Artois Qualifying

Britain’s number one doubles player, Jamie Murray has only been given qualifying wild card for Queens Club after requesting a wild card for the main draw.

Britain’s second highest profile player thoughhas been overlooked for direct entry into the main draw with the five wild card places going to Brits Alex Bogdanovic (ranked 242), Josh Goodall (ranked 274) and teenager Dan Evans (ranked 978), the other two places going to Jonas Bjorkman and Xavier Malisse.

In this humble blogger’s opinion a good slap in the face to Jamie Murray. Birmingham teenager Dan Evans deserves a chance and Josh Goodal has showed good progression in the last 12 months, so they deserved the places ahead of Murray, though I’m not convinced that Bjorkman, Malisse and Bogdanovicshould have been picked ahead of Jamie Murray. Despite not playing a singles match since last April, Murray is a big part of the future of British tennis and everyone associated with British tennis should be encouraging this confident hard working young man to further his singles career as well as his outstanding doubles progress.

The move to choose Xavier Malisse over Jamie Murray, commercially does not make any sense for Queens Club, unless he is drawn against a big name in the first round, we can be sure to see plenty of empty seats, whilst the opposite would most certainly be said if Murray had been granted his wild card spot.

Qualifying for the Stella Artois Championships at Queens Club will start tomorrow and the main championship will run through 9th-15th June. Murray will need to win three matches to gain entry to the main draw and perhaps will act as welcome practise, though the qualifying for grass events can be full of many grass court specialists that just dont get the opportunity to show there skills too often on the main tour.

Should Jamie Murray make it through qualifying he will join his brother and British number one Andy Murray in a strong field which includes World number two Rafael Nadal, Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, 4 time Queens Club Champion Lleyton Hewitt and 2 time Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick are also involved.