Venus, Murray handed Wimbledon wild cards

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LONDON – Former champions Venus Williams and Andy Murray were named in ’s initial list of wildcards on Wednesday (June 16) for this month’s grass-court Grand Slam.

American Williams, who will turn 41 on Thursday, has won five out of her seven Grand Slam singles titles at but has slipped to 103rd in the ’s world rankings.

She has not made it past the opening round at any tournament since reaching the second round of the Australian Open in February.

Britain’s Murray won titles in 2013 and 2016 but is currently ranked 124th having endured a spate of injuries in the past few years.

Murray underwent hip resurfacing surgery in January 2019 and his comeback has also been complicated by niggling injuries which have limited his participation in tournaments.

The 34-year-old made an emotional return to playing on grass after three years on Monday when he defeated Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-2 at the Queen’s Club championships.

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