Andy Murray responds to ‘strange’ Wimbledon poster snub
Andy Murray has reacted to Wimbledon leaving him off the tournament poster for 2023, after his uncle and brother branded the move as ‘disrespectful’.
However, the former No.1 was not included in the poster that featured Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner at the front, ahead of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and the Williams sisters amongst others.
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There was an outcry of disappointment from those who noticed Murray being absent from the poster, including from his uncle Niall Erskine, who said, “You should be ashamed of yourselves.”
Andy Murray’s brother, Jamie, who is a former doubles No.1 and two-time Wimbledon mixed doubles champion also commented on the snub, “I mean he was part of the big four for 10 years, maybe more. Obviously, he was No.1 in the world and then he smashed up his hip, and since then it’s been a bit tough going for him. But he won the singles twice in an incredible era of tennis and made another final.”
Jamie Murray added, “I thought it was a bit of a slight, especially with everything that he brought to the tournament for so long. You know, the whole country like falling behind his kind of journey to try to become the champion, but there you go.”
And now Andy Murray has had his say on the situation, “I mean, I don’t think the problem with the poster was me not being on it. You’ve seen it, I don’t need to elaborate any more on it. It’s pretty obvious if you’ve seen the poster. For me it was, me not being on it is certainly not a problem.”
A lot of the controversy around the poster has also involved the women being mostly towards the back, and Murray agreed this was an odd decision, “Yes. I think that was what was slightly strange.”
The three-time major champion continued, “I guess the players on the poster have obviously had incredible careers and have been unbelievably successful at Wimbledon but elsewhere some of the greatest players of all time. For me, Alcaraz and Sinner are unbelievable players but it seems strange that they were all behind them.”
Overall, Murray did not appear to fussed on missing out, “I mean, I don’t know how big a deal it is, it’s a poster, I mean I personally don’t really care that much about it.”
Murray will await his 15th first round Wimbledon draw that takes place tomorrow at 10am (BST), with the British No.3 narrowly missing out on a seeded spot in the draw.
Andy Murray at Wimbledon
Murray famously ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a home men’s singles champion in 2013, and went onto win the title again in 2016.
Despite his ambitions to challenge once again in 2023, Murray fell to his worst performance at The Championships last year when he lost in the second round to John Isner.
Here is Murray’s record at Wimbledon over the years:
Win-loss record: 60-12 (83%)
2005 – Third Round
2006 – Fourth Round
2008 – Quarter-final
2009 – Semi-final
2010 – Semi-final
2011 – Semi-final
2012 – Final
2013 – Champion
2014 – Quarter-final
2015 – Semi-final
2016 – Champion
2017 – Quarter-final
2021 – Third Round
2022 – Second Round
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