London - Wimbledon chiefs have suggested they may extend the deadline for Andy
Murray to apply for a wildcard to compete at this year's championships
as the two-time winner battles to regain fitness.
The British former world number one, currently ranked 218th in the
world, is recovering from hip surgery and has yet to set a date for a
Murray, Wimbledon champion in 2013 and 2016, has an official deadline
of June 18 to apply for a wildcard for this year's event, which begins
on July 1.
If he is fit enough, the 31-year-old Scot could use his protected
ranking to enter the tournament but he might apply for a wildcard in
order to use that ranking for future events.
"There have been no discussions with Andy yet," said All England Club
chairman Philip Brook on Tuesday. "It's too soon to know the answer to
"Should he wish to apply he would do so in the normal way. We have a
scheduled meeting on June 18 ahead of the championships to decide on
"We have a process which applies to all players."
As to whether that deadline could be extended for Murray, chief
executive Richard Lewis said: "If Andy came forward with a strong case I
am sure we would work with him."
Murray has not played competitively since the Australian Open in
January, where he lost in five sets to Roberto Bautista Agut in the
He said before the tournament that he planned to retire after this
year's Wimbledon, but also revealed the Australian Open could prove to
be his last event.
Murray had a hip resurfacing operation in London in late January and
says he is now pain-free, although he has only been hitting balls from a
stationary position so far.
At its spring press conference, the All England Club also announced an 11.8 percent increase in prize money for 2019.
The men's and women's singles champions will each receive £2.35 million ($3.06 million), an increase of £100,000 on last year.