Jamie Murray Wants a Wimbledon Singles Wildcard

Wimbledon 2008Jamie Murray has requested to receive one of the eight Wimbledon wild-cards at this year event.

The current Wimbledon mixed doubles champion has not played a pro singles for the last year, so has no singles ranking and has his highest ever ranking was only 834. His last top level singles match was a defeat to Dutchman Robin Haase last year in Davis Cup.

The LTA will put forward up to 8 British men and women ranked in the world’s top 250 to the All England Club. At the moment though, on the men’s side, only two men fit that criteria: Jamie Baker, at 242, and 243rd-ranked Alex Bogdanovic. Baker is likely not to play due to serious illness. The Wimbledon committee however could choose to invite any other internationals in the top 250. High profile players like Gustavo Kuerten who’s singles rank does not permit automatic entry was given a wild-card this week for the French open

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. We don’t have too many options in our country so I thought why not give it a try? The faster surfaces suit my game so I think I could do OK. I can only ask and see what happens.

There should be no hesitation from the Wimbledon Officials handing Jamie Murray the wild-card for Wimbledon. Confidence breeds success and Jamie Murray has a good reason to have a lot of confidence, he has truly established himself as one of the best doubles players on tour, not to even mention his victory with Jelena Jankovicin the mixed doubles event last year. The LTA should be looking to build Jamie Murray has a singles player to utilise if required in Davis Cup matches. He has proven himself in the doubles rubber’s and cemented his place in the team, but having one double specialist in the team, limits the options in singles.