Andy Murray likely to feature on Centre Court or Court One in opening double’s match at Wimbledon

Andy Murray‘s opening doubles match at Wimbledon is now expected to be played on either Centre Court or Court One due to safety concerns.

Organisers at SW19 are worried about the difficulty of getting such a high-profile player through the crowds to a more distant court, such as Court Two, safely.

Chief executive Richard Lewis said: ‘One of the major considerations for Andy, I think first match in particular, is safety. 

Andy Murray is likely to feature on either Centre Court or Court One at Wimbledon this week

Andy Murray is likely to feature on either Centre Court or Court One at Wimbledon this week

Andy Murray is likely to feature on either Centre Court or Court One at Wimbledon this week

‘That restricts the number of courts he can be on. Obviously Centre and One are easy. I think once you get beyond Centre and One, it’s more problematic.’

Murray will make his return to Grand Slam tennis five months after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery.

He has teamed up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the men’s doubles, and they will face the unseeded pair of Romania’s Marius Copil and Frenchman Ugo Humbert in the first round. 

Murray will be hoping to put on a show as he makes his return to Grand Slam tennis

Murray will be hoping to put on a show as he makes his return to Grand Slam tennis

Murray will be hoping to put on a show as he makes his return to Grand Slam tennis

Schedulers at the All England Club have been wrestling with the dilemma of where to put two-time singles champion Murray over the last week.

With men’s doubles being played over the best of five sets, matches can take three hours or more.

There had been a concern that the use of a relatively fresh surface on Centre Court or Court One by four doubles players early in the tournament, on top of the regular singles, would place stress on the grass.

Murray returned to action at Queen's last month and won the doubles with Feliciano Lopez

Murray returned to action at Queen's last month and won the doubles with Feliciano Lopez

Murray returned to action at Queen’s last month and won the doubles with Feliciano Lopez

There is also the need to focus on the early rounds of the singles draws before the doubles tournament properly gets under way.

In 2018, doubles matches were not played on the bigger courts until the middle Saturday, and the first men’s doubles on Centre was not until Murray’s brother Jamie played there on the second Monday, following three unusually quick singles contests. 

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