Expected Murray Mania means Andy likely to make Wimbledon return on show courts

Andy Murray press conference

Andy Murray is likely to make his return to Wimbledon on one of the show courts due to concerns over his personal safety.

The two-time Wimbledon champion is partnering Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the men’s doubles, a competition for which the show courts are rarely used early on due to concerns over the toll they take on the surface.

However, Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis says that safety will trump those reasons, at least initially as the All-England club prepares itself for Murray Mania.

“One of the major considerations for Andy, I think first match in particular, is safety,” said Lewis. “That restricts the number of courts he can be on.

“He’s very popular. [It’s for the players] getting them to and from court. Getting them to court two for example, is a long way in the public area.

“Obviously Centre and Number One are easy. I think once you get beyond Centre and One it’s more problematic.

“After the first match, if the interest dies down a little bit we might be able to have more flexibility where he plays.

“But it will be probable he will be on one of the show courts.”

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