MURRAY HANDED STELLA WILD-CARD
US Open boys' champion Andrew Murray has been handed a wild-card entry into next week's Stella Artois Championships.
The Dunblane-raised 18-year-old triumphed at Flushing Meadows last September, following in the footsteps of Andy Roddick, Pat Cash and Stefan Edberg.
He has since been called up for Davis Cup duty by Great Britain captain Jeremy Bates, with he and David Sherwood winning their doubles rubber against highly-ranked Israel pair Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram in Tel Aviv.
However the appearance at Queen's Club marks a distinct progression in his career, with the Scottish teenager having to date played just one tournament on the main ATP tour.
Next week's tournament will be his debut at senior level in Britain, and Murray seems certain to be handed a further wild card into Wimbledon, with the Lawn Tennis Association's tightened restrictions not applicable to men under 20.
Also entered for the Stella Artois Championships are Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick.
Murray, currently involved in the boys' singles at the French Open, has been warned against expecting too much from his first experience of playing top-level grass-court tennis in front of a home crowd.
"It's going to be a nice tournament for him," said Emilio Sanchez, who runs the Sanchez-Casal academy in Barcelona where Murray trains.
"What he needs is to get used to this level of tennis.
"Andrew is a great talent and he has a promising future in front of him, but there is still a long way for him to go and it's not the same to win in the juniors as on the main tour."