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Jamie Murray Wimbledon wildcard

StevoTG
05-27-2008, 01:32 PM
Unless my hearing has deceived me the commentator on Eurosport has said that Jaimie Murray has asked for a wildcard into the wimbledon singles.

What does MTF make of this?

Confirmation:
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/27052008/58/wimbledon-murray-seeks-england-wild-card.html

Jaap
05-27-2008, 01:35 PM
Better off giving it to a one arm cripple.

StevoTG
05-27-2008, 01:36 PM
Personally I'm a fan of Jamie and would like to see him given the wildcard entry, a lot of the British wc's go out in the first round.. he couldn't do any worse :shrug: That's perhaps an unambitious view but I'd still like to see him get a shot.

gjr
05-27-2008, 01:40 PM
Waste of a WC. He'll get a nice cheque and he doesn't need the cash. Better giving it to one of the young lads than him.

leng jai
05-27-2008, 01:41 PM
Smeets deserves this.

Andre♥
05-27-2008, 01:43 PM
He should get one.

We all know British players will get about 5/6 WC for the main draw. Even though Jamie is a doubles player and not a singles player, it's not like the UK has many more better grass players than him, especially as grass is probably the surface where doubles players can actually play reasonably well singles, as they can just serve & volley and they'll be ok.

With Baker injured, just Bogdanovic, Goodall, Bloomfield and maybe Slabinsky are good enough to not get embarrassed in the main draw of Wimbledon. Jamie is the local hero for winning the mixed doubles last year and at least he should be capable of not pulling a Smeets in RG performance.

It's not a perfect choice for a WC, but at least he can play tennis and actually he is probably the second most known British player in activity right now, right after his brother. So, honestly I've seen worst WC choices than this one.

StevoTG
05-27-2008, 01:46 PM
Taken from the article ``The Lawn Tennis Association will select upwards of eight British men and women as wild cards for Wimbledon, with the criteria that chosen players should be ranked inside the top 250.

But only two men, world number 242 Jamie Baker and world number 243 Alex Bogdanovic, meet the condition, and Baker is unlikely to play due to illness which leaves at least one place to be decided.`` ..I suppose he wouldn't really be depriving anybody else of the wildcard. However ``Having not played a singles match in more than one year, Murray does not have a singles ranking.``. It's certainly interesting, not just for what we make of it but for the question `do you think he'll be given the the wildcard?`

bluefork
05-27-2008, 01:46 PM
I know they'd never do this, but I wish they'd give WCs to players from other countries. Some young talented player like Nishikori surely deserves a place in the main draw more than Jamie Murray, but because he's from Japan he won't get it.

Ivo#1Fan
05-27-2008, 01:47 PM
He definitely shouldn't get one. amie has committed to being a doubles player. He doesn't even try to compete at singles on the tour. He doesn't play qualifiers or challengers. Obviously playing singles on the ATP tour is no longer a goal of his. Give it to a player who is at least playing challengers or futures and trying to develop as a player.

Bernard Black
05-27-2008, 01:50 PM
Give it to him, why not. No other British player is showing form at the moment, it would be wasted on all of them. Jamie's the only player who has given GB any glory at the tournament in the past few years, even though it was in mug mixed doubles, it at least got the public interest up so that should be rewarded. Plus people warm to the guy, he's fun to watch.

I'd enjoy seeing how he gets on in singles and the prospect of a match up with his brother (obviously very unlikely because it would have to happen in the first two rounds - Jamie's going no further than that), would be awesome.

Give a wildcard to Murray, and another to whoever is the best prospect under-18 then waste no more on British players. They should have to work for the privelege of playing in a grand slam.

ae wowww
05-27-2008, 02:35 PM
I don't get why people are saying he wouldn't be depriving anyone else of it.

Open you eyes, it is an English tournament but that does not mean we need to favour British players. Anyone worthy of this, regardless of nationality, should get it.

The tournament will not get anything out of giving Jamie the wildcard, and nor will Jamie to be honest, except some money. I think it would be wrong to give it to him, particularly as he is definitely not up to standard in singles. A friend of mine played him in singles quallies at a Challenger and I was not impressed when seeing him play comparatively.

StevoTG
05-27-2008, 02:42 PM
I don't get why people are saying he wouldn't be depriving anyone else of it.

Open you eyes, it is an English tournament but that does not mean we need to favour British players. Anyone worthy of this, regardless of nationality, should get it.

Yes but will they give the wildcard to someone like Nishikori or to a far lower ranked British player? Obviously Kei is more deserving but is he in the picture at all?

Manon
05-27-2008, 02:49 PM
He should definetly.

Sunset of Age
05-27-2008, 02:54 PM
Wouldn't mind it at all. It's a British tournament, it's not that much of a surprise that they consider giving WCs to British players... :shrug:

As for it being a waste to give it to Jamie... it would most probably be a waste to give it to anyone.

Andre♥
05-27-2008, 03:07 PM
Yes but will they give the wildcard to someone like Nishikori or to a far lower ranked British player? Obviously Kei is more deserving but is he in the picture at all?

Give it to Nishikori? WTF?

Do you realize that he is inside the Top 100 and has a direct entry to Wimbledon? :lol:

Horatio Caine
05-27-2008, 03:12 PM
I have nothing against Jamie, but I totally disagree with giving him one. Seriously, what is the point? Some doubles players attempt to qualify for the ATP events they're already playing in...he has rarely done this. He hasn't even played a main draw match of any description for over a year.

Few of our higher ranked Britons deserve a hand-out, but I reckon we should give a couple of WC to a few of our more promising younger players...and maybe also hold one back for Johnny Marray, who has been injured for a large part of the last 12 months (and grass is his better surface).

Jimnik
05-27-2008, 03:44 PM
I'd rather see Qureshi get a WC. But if it's between him and another Brit ranked #5679789, might as well give it to him.

Chip_s_m
05-27-2008, 03:54 PM
I'd say the LTA should go for it. Jamie is probably the second most recognizable active British tennis player after his brother (I'm assuming this. Brits please let me know if this isn't true). A lot of fans would probably love it. Furthermore, he's been very devoted to Davis Cup over the past few years. I can't see him doing any worse than most other WC candidates outside of Bogdanovic, Goodall, and maybe Bloomfield.

And on a side note, the current crop of British juniors, Evans, Willis, and Cox, although pretty good, really aren't in any position to play in the MD of a grand slam. Placing top juniors who haven't proven themselves outside of junior tournaments into top-level pro tournaments hasn't exactly been proven to be a good idea. Donald Young is a good example of this.

As for foreigners getting them, I'd probably put successful young foreign players next in line after Jamie. It may be irrelevant, though, because off the top of my head I can't really think of any young players who didn't make Wimbledon direct entry who have been wildly succesful this year except for maybe Mannarino or possibly Chardy (do they even like grass anyways?).

To be honost I think the LTA would be better off trying to get a recipricol agreement with at least one of the other slams (probably AO since they don't have as many promising young players as France/U.S. and end up wasting one or two WC's on people like Smeets).

seljanin
05-27-2008, 03:54 PM
I'd rather see Qureshi get a WC. But if it's between him and another Brit ranked #5679789, might as well give it to him.

Indeed. I also think that Qureshi would deserve a WC, but he will most likely make the main draw through qualies anyway.

Timbo
05-27-2008, 03:57 PM
He's also asked for a WC for Queens.

At most, he should get a wildcard into qualifying. I'd like to see him play qualies at Surbiton and maybe Queens and Nottingham, then see if he's deserving of any wildcards into main draws. Otherwise it makes a farce out of the whole system.

rocketassist
05-27-2008, 04:08 PM
Well, most Brits are a waste of time giving wildcards too.

He couldn't do any worse.

I think Guillermo Coria, Thiemo De Bakker, Korolev, Wesley Moodie are all good WC candidates.

Last year Wimbledon awarded WCs to Tsonga, Mahut and Cilic for good Queen's performances. Hopefully they'll do the same if anyone impresses there or in Halle.

Chip_s_m
05-27-2008, 04:34 PM
Mahut had to qualify last year. Non-Brits who received main draw wildcards were De Bakker, Cilic, and Tsonga.

ASP0315
05-27-2008, 04:36 PM
Indeed. I also think that Qureshi would deserve a WC, but he will most likely make the main draw through qualies anyway.

i agree
But it good for Quereshi to qualify rather than getting WC because winning qualifying will give him some confidence in MD.

Henry Chinaski
05-27-2008, 05:08 PM
give him a Quali wildcard and then we'll see how serious the gimp is about playing singles.

Allez
05-27-2008, 05:38 PM
He so doesn't deserve this.

tennis2tennis
05-27-2008, 05:50 PM
he's young, british and is a doubles defending champ...why not?

adee-gee
05-27-2008, 06:13 PM
He'd get battered :lol: he's not even a great doubles player. I quite like him but it really would be pointless.

I'd love Coria to get one.

Tommy fan
05-27-2008, 07:33 PM
Well I guess he won't do any worse than the other WCs..

zeleni
05-27-2008, 07:33 PM
Yes, he should.

I like both Murray brothers.

Allez
05-27-2008, 07:48 PM
I'd be pissed off if he gets preference over Guille. Really pissed off. Jaime has no ambitions to ever play singles so what the hell is he doing ?

Allegretto
05-27-2008, 08:06 PM
Jaime has no ambitions to ever play singles
Obviously he does, else he wouldn't have asked.

GlennMirnyi
05-27-2008, 08:13 PM
Coria is a cheater. Cheaters don't deserve WCs.

Give it to Jamie, I doubt he'd embarass himself against a clown claycourter. Last year there were matches like Devilder-Zabaleta. He'd beat both on grass.

Allez
05-27-2008, 08:21 PM
Coria is a cheater. Cheaters don't deserve WCs.

Give it to Jamie, I doubt he'd embarass himself against a clown claycourter. Last year there were matches like Devilder-Zabaleta. He'd beat both on grass.

Jamie is beating no one on grass. Have you seen him play singles ? The worst claycourt specialist ranked inside the top 1000 would kill him on grass.

OrinUK
05-27-2008, 10:52 PM
LEAVE JAMIE ALONE!:mad::mad:








But lets be real, he would get killed:angel:

dam0dred
05-27-2008, 10:59 PM
They'd be crazy not to give it to him. The fans and the media would love it, and there are not exactly a bunch of other hot young prospects to choose from.

It's a no brainer.

GlennMirnyi
05-27-2008, 11:33 PM
Jamie is beating no one on grass. Have you seen him play singles ? The worst claycourt specialist ranked inside the top 1000 would kill him on grass.

Nah. No way.

Andi-M
05-28-2008, 12:28 AM
Big Muzza loves to be in the headlines dosen't he...?

I think its silly him getting a WC singles draw if not a singles player...I dont get what he will gain from it.
There are plenty of players out there that are looking for GS experience, looking to improve their rankings etc why waste it on this guy.

jazar
05-28-2008, 06:41 AM
the only reason he may get one is because average tennis fans who only just tune in to watch wimbledon will have heard of him due to his exploits last year, whereas they won't have heard of players like goodall and slabinsky who tour the world building up their singles ranking and are more deserving of a wc.

if he gets one, he had better justify it by winning at least 2 round

Wojtek
05-28-2008, 07:37 AM
Give WC to Smeets

Duncan
05-28-2008, 07:46 AM
He should get one for the way he has played for the past year or so. Plus he has a better attitude than most british players who actually play singles. I would love to see him in MD!

Imagine him being drawn against Andy in the 1st round :lol:

azza
05-28-2008, 10:43 AM
Obviously he just wants the $$$ for a R1 loss :tape:

The Pro
05-28-2008, 10:44 AM
I read this the other day and was gonna start a thread. I'm surprised by how much this report annoyed me.

I don't like Jamie Murray, I think he was wrong to criticise his brother about the Davis Cup and he's wrong now as well.

He can chance his arm certainly and ask for a card, but all things being equal the only possible justification is his Wimbledon success and the fact that he's Andy big brother. Singles players who have toiled for longer and harder have no doubt asked for wildcards and deserve them before him. It's as simple as that and should be a fair system. If a doubles player wants to make something of a singles career i don't think he should get an unfair boost. :(

jitterbug
05-28-2008, 11:19 AM
They can give one to Robert Dee, maybe :p

Burrow
05-28-2008, 11:50 AM
robert dee? never heard of him

jamie funily enough used to be the main brother back in the day when he played lta tournaments, everybody would watch out for him in singles and doubles, but murray came good and he never, he doesn't seem to play any singles, but I would like to see him play wimbledon, he's the better natured brother out of the two, murray is just a dull looking knob.

Bernard Black
05-28-2008, 11:55 AM
I read this the other day and was gonna start a thread. I'm surprised by how much this report annoyed me.

I don't like Jamie Murray, I think he was wrong to criticise his brother about the Davis Cup and he's wrong now as well.

He can chance his arm certainly and ask for a card, but all things being equal the only possible justification is his Wimbledon success and the fact that he's Andy big brother. Singles players who have toiled for longer and harder have no doubt asked for wildcards and deserve them before him. It's as simple as that and should be a fair system. If a doubles player wants to make something of a singles career i don't think he should get an unfair boost. :(

Wildcards are there to make the tournament more enjoyable. People don't want to see some unknown British mug get a beatdown in the first round. At least Jamie provides entertainment and the Wimbledon crowd love him (even if you don't).