London - Andy Murray has backed the Lawn Tennis Association's decision to
change the criteria for awarding wildcard entries to Wimbledon.
In the past, British players ranked inside the top 250 would be given a free
pass into Wimbledon's main draw and often responded to the gift with miserable
performances in the grass-court Grand Slam.
Alex Bogdanovic infamously lost eight times in a row in the first round
between 2002 and 2009 after being given a wildcard.
But the top-250 guideline has now been scrapped and Wimbledon wild cards
will be handed out on a case-by-case basis when the first batch are announced
this week, ahead of the June 29 start of the All England Club tournament.
As well as ranking, the LTA now assess intangibles such as "attitude,
professionalism, game development and recent form" and world number three
Murray, speaking after starting his Wimbledon preparations with a first round win
over Lu Yen-Hsun at Queen's Club on Tuesday, made it clear he supports the
"I have no problem with it being done on an individual basis rather
than having a set criteria," the 2013 Wimbledon champion said.
"I think it's good to do that, because obviously some guys can have
some injury troubles.
"Some guys could be ranked inside 250 and have terrible attitudes and
maybe it's not deserving. Some players could have fantastic attitudes and maybe
are just outside.
"Some guys play much better on grass than others so may have more of an
opportunity to win matches (at Wimbledon).
"And then also you have some young guys now, an 18 or 19-year-old
that's ranked 280, 300 in the world, they are very good for their age and might
deserve a chance."