Andy Murray’s pipeline deep into the Wimbledon bureaucracy has yielded a juicy rumour that Russian and Belarus players will be allowed to compete this summer.
The Scot who won the home title twice and is therefore a member in good standing of the All England Club, dropped his goss as he prepared to play at the Indian Wells Masters.
Murray was critical a year ago when the club banned entries from the two countries due to the invasion of Ukraine. The decision earned a quick slapdown from the ATP and WTA with the bodies stripping the Grand Slam of ranking points.
Murray is convinced the case will have to be different this season.
“I understand that they will be allowed to play and I will not go crazy if that is the case, if Wimbledon took another path, I would understand,” he told the BBC.
“It’s really difficult and I’m sorry for the players who couldn’t play last year, but I also understand the situation and why it’s really difficult for Wimbledon to make a decision.”
The joke last summer might have been on Wimbledon, with the women’s title won by Russian-born Kazakh Elena Rybakina.
Main photo:- Moscow born Kazakh Elena Rybakina won Wimbledon Ladies title in 2022 – by Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd