Fever-Tree Championship tournament director Stephen Farrow admits they “would love” to have Andy Murray back at this year’s event, should he be fit to play.
The 31-year-old announced before the Australian Open that he planned to retire after Wimbledon this year, but also conceded that the Melbourne Grand Slam might well be his last tournament.
Doubts remain over whether or not he will make a comeback to ATP Tour, but Farrrow says the “door will remain open for as long as possible”.
“Andy is our greatest champion, and he has our full support,” he said.
“The most important thing is that he recovers well from his surgery and can live a pain-free life as soon as possible. We have a special bond with him – he won his first professional match at The Queen’s Club, he won the tournament five times, and we have so many special memories of him playing on our centre court.
“Of course we would love to have him back at the Fever-Tree Championships if he is fit and able to play. We will keep in close contact with him and his team, and the door will remain open for him for as long as possible.”
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