Former champions Andy Murray and Venus Williams were on Wednesday awarded wild card singles entries into Wimbledon as the ALL England Club barrels ahead with planning for the upcoming COVID edition.

The choice of three-time winner Murray was no surprise, with the 34-year-old Scot tidying up his game this week at the Queen’s club event.

Murray is trying to return to a normal schedule after several stop-start seasons of rehab after his two hip surgeries.

He claimed Wimbledon titles in 2013 and 2016 and played in the London Olympic final of 2012.

The 40-year-old Williams won the first of her five singles trophies in 2000, adding on further honours in 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2008.

London,England Wimbledon 06/07/2018 Venus Williams Photo Anne Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

The nine other free entries for the grass-court major which begins on June 28 amid Britain’s extended COVID lockdown all went to locals, save one for 18-year-old Spaniard CarlosĀ Alcaraz, who reached the Roland Garros third round.COVID lockdown all went to locals.

Wimbledon has obtained government permission to fill the Centre Court to full 15,000-seat capacity for the weekend finals in mid-July, an exercise being sold to the public as a virus events test.

Main photo:- Andy Murray won Wimbledon 2016 – by Karl Winter International Sports Fotos Ltd

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