Wimbledon 2008 Preview – Andy Murray vs Fabrice Santoro

Andy Murray will begin his 2008 Wimbledon campaign on centre court this afternoon against veteran Frenchman Fabrice Santoro. The British number one missed last year’s tournament with a wrist injury and will be hoping to put an indifferent season so far behind him.

Andy Murray will be 3rd and last on centre court after Venus Williams kicks things of before Rafael Nadal starts his campaign against German Andreas Beck.

Santoro, nicknamed the “magician” on tour because he can conjure up some amazing shots that are not seen too often on tour will be looking to upset a very partisan British full house tomorrow on centre court

Murray and Santoro have met once before at the 2007 ATP Masters Series event in Paris which is played on hard courts, the score that day was 6-4 6-2.

For Snatoro this may be his last Wimbledon has the Frenchman approaches retirement and in his 19 year career he has never played on centre court. Santoro told Journalists

I made a request with the referee’s office to play on Centre Court. I have had a 19-year career, and I have played on every other court in the world apart from this one. It’s the only one left…I am excited to play singles on this court. I was pleased when I saw the draw as I thought that might mean more chance of being on Centre Court. This could be my last year on the tour….It’s a great challenge to play Andy in the first round. As you get towards the end of your career, you want to play these sort of matches.”