By Ros Satar
- Queen’s Club reserves a wildcard for Andy Murray
- Katie Boulter withdraws from the French Open with lingering back injury
- LTA renames Glasgow ATP Challenger event as Murray trophy as they belatedly recognise the Murray family contribution to tennis
LONDON, ENGLAND – Queen’s Club announces it will reserve a wild-card for Andy Murray, while Katie Boulter’s back injury from the Fed Cup play-off has ruled her out of the clay-court season
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Queen’s Club reserves a wildcard for Andy Murray
With the final entry list for Queen’s Club being confirmed, Britain will revel in the fact that they have two direct entrants other than Andy Murray for the first time since 2006. British Nos. 1 and 2 Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie made the cut for a field that boasts some of the world’s best as vital preparation for Wimbledon.
The field includes:
- Kevin Anderson
- Juan Martin Del Potro
- Marin Cilic (defending champion)
- Grigor Dimitrov
- Nick Kyrgios
- Stan Wawrinka
- Milos Raonic
A wild-card is being reserved for Murray, who has a career commitment at this event. He will inform Tournament Director Stephen Farrow nearer the time if he is fit enough to take it.
Katie Boulter to miss the clay court season
The news was less optimistic for British No. 2 Katie Boulter – the back injury she sustained getting Team GB over the line and into Fed Cup World Group II has seen her withdraw from the French Open, which starts at the end of the month.
Boulter has not played since coming back from a set down against Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas to secure the victory for Great Britain. She is currently listed to start her grass court season at the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham.
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Scotland Challenger Tournament to become ‘Murray Trophy – Glasgow’
After releasing their roadmap for the future, without any mention of the Murray legacy, the LTA have worked to back-track that as a visual by working closely with Jamie Murray and most recently renaming the Glasgow ATP Challenger event as the Murray Trophy – Glasgow, due to be held at Scotstoun Sports Campus from 16-22 September.
LTA CEO Scott Lloyd said, “It’s fantastic to be able to bring world class tennis back to Scotland and I’m delighted we are naming this event the Murray Trophy – Glasgow in tribute to the Murray family’s contribution to the game. We want to open tennis up to as many people across the country as we can and I hope events like this will enable tennis champions of the future to experience the thrill of live tennis and get out on a tennis court.”
Murray, 2015 Davis Cup champion and six-time Grand Slam doubles winner, said: “I’m excited to be working with the LTA and Glasgow Life on this event and honoured to have it named in recognition of my family’s achievements in the sport. I really hope we can use the Murray Trophy – Glasgow to increase awareness of tennis and create opportunities for more boys and girls to play, both in Scotland and Britain as a whole.”
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