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Murray To Play Surbiton Challenger

Perhaps bothered by all the criticism of asking for and receiving two dozen wildcards into ATP main draws over the last year, former world no. 1 Andy Murray will compete in the Surbiton grass court Challenger before Wimbledon.

Murray has been widely criticized in social media and tennis message boards for asking for too many wildcards instead of trying to earn his way back to the elite pantheon of pro tennis by winning matches on his own merit. Murray’s free pass wildcard usage into ATP main draws without having to qualify snatched widcards away from younger, more deserving, more needy, lower ranked struggling players who have not earned multi millions already in pro tennis as Murray has career prize earnings of over $60 million.

This generous and courageous move by Murray will help him enter Wimbledon with a clear conscience and a sense of honorable spirit and if he can win some rounds in Surbiton, some earned confidence, which could help spark him mentally and physically to perform one or two last hurrahs at his favorite tournament which he won in 2013 and 2016.

The other notable players who will also compete at Surbiton Challenger in June are Mackenzie McDonald, Stefan Kozlov, Alejandro Tabilo, James Duckworth, Soonwoo Kwon, Adrian Mannarino, Brandon Nakashima, Denis Kudla, Thanassi Kokkinakis, Jordan Thompson, Jack Draper, Sam Querrey, Radu Albot, Michael Ymer, and Alex Popyrin, among others.

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