Andy Murray Wimbledon

‘I’m happy to play Challengers’ Andy Murray plans to climb the rankings

Andy Murray is planning to play at the Olympics and US Open later this year, but insists he would be willing to compete at Challenger level to improve his ranking.

The two-time Wimbledon champion will make his return at the Championships tomorrow against Nikoloz Basilashvili in the opening round.

Murray has not competed at Wimbledon since 2017 due to injury and last year’s tournament being cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 34-year-old hopes to compete at the top level after Wimbledon, but is happy to compete in Challenger events if the wildcards stop.

“I’ve had the opportunity to play here. I’m playing the Olympics and then my plan is to go to United States and prepare and play well there. I need to get some wildcards, I know you maybe don’t think I should be taking them but it depends a bit on that too.” Murray said

“When I didn’t get to the Australian Open because of coronavirus I’m also happy to go and play Challengers and that doesn’t affect me. If I get the opportunity to play in the big tournaments then great. If not I’ll go play elsewhere until I get my ranking to a point where I get into those events.” the Brit added.

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