With his ranking stuck on a distant 123rd, three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray is engaged in a psychological stare-down with French Open bosses over a possible wild card entry. 

The Scot who has found competitive recovery from a pair of hip surgeries several seasons ago a massive challenge, has entered May 24 qualifying rounds at Roland Garros as a precaution.

But the player who turns 34 this month might also be hoping for a helping hand from officials in Paris.

The Scot is not averse to dropping the odd hint: “It’s the French Open’s decision what they want to do,” he told  the BBC.

“I’d love the opportunity to play there but I also respect that they have lots of good players, lots of players ranked between 120 and 160. I haven’t been fit for the last three or four months.”

At least one official can see Murray’s side.

Open TD Guy Forget, a former player, said the tournament should go ahead and install the former No. 1 in the main draw field for the May 30 start of play.

“I know that Andy entered the qualifying. I know he’s practising right now in Rome, I saw him play some games and sets with Novak Djokovic,” Forget said.

“Andy is a great player, he sure deserves one (a wildcard). It is a discussion we have to have with him and our team. We want to see him in good shape, I hope he feels well.

“He hasn’t played any matches yet, which is obviously what any player wants to do before committing to a big tournament, especially when you are going to play the best-of-five sets.”

Murray and Liam Broady got into this week’s Rome Masters as doubles alternates and went out in the second round.

Andy Murray played doubles with Liam Broady in Rome by Corrine Dubreuil/ATPTour.com

Murray has made only four appearances – two wins, two losses – in the last 13 Grand Slam dating to the start of 2018 when his hip troubles got serious.  

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