Wimbledon 2021: Venus Williams, Andy Murray granted tournament wildcards

Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a forehand during a practice session during Day 3 of The cinch Championships at The Queen's Club on June 16, 2021...

With this year’s Championships less than a fortnight away now, the grasscourt season is already underway – former singles champions Andy Murray (#124) and Venus Williams (#112) have been granted wildcard entries into the main draw, which kicks off on June 28 at SW19.

Murray, Williams headline wimbledon’s wildcard selections

Venus Williams of USA during day 4 of Roland-Garros 2021, French Open, a Grand Slam tennis tournament at Roland Garros stadium on June 2, 2021 in...

Venus, pictured here during doubles action at Roland Garros earlier this month with Coco Gauff

Wimbledon’s initial wildcard list, subject to change, was revealed today. Venus Williams, a five-time Grand Slam champion in south west London, has slipped to 112 in the WTA’s live rankings.

Since reaching two finals as well as a Grand Slam semi-final during a memorable campaign packed with her redemption storyline in 2017, the legendary American has only surpassed the second round on three occasions in her last 13 Major appearances.

She turns 41 tomorrow and will hope for a deep run this year, though it’s increasingly difficult to predict that coming when you factor in her inconsistency and recurring injury struggles of late.

Speaking of injury, two-time Wimbledon champion Murray is among the five-man list on the men’s singles side that will be granted a wildcard later this month.

After completing hip resurfacing surgery in January 2019, his comeback has been hampered by persistently niggling injuries which have limited his ability to regularly participate in tournaments while climbing up the rankings.

He won 6-3, 6-2 against France’s Benoit Paire at Queen’s on Monday, in what was an emotional return to grass after a three-year absence from the surface – where he boasts an 84% win rate.

He’ll face Italy’s top seeded Matteo Berrettini next on Thursday afternoon, hoping to book his quarter-final place against the world number 9 – a Roland Garros quarter-finalist this month.

The other players include Sutton-born teenager Jack Draper, who is currently enjoying a memorable warm-up week at Queens, as well as Spanish hot prospect Carlos Alcaraz (18) – who reached the third round at Roland Garros last month and cracked into the top-100 rankings.

Men’s Singles
Carlos Alcaraz
Liam Broady
Jay Clarke
Jack Draper
Andy Murray
Women’s Singles
Katie Boulter
Jodie Burrage
Harriet Dart
Francesca Jones
Samantha Murray Sharan
Venus Williams

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