NDY MURRAY says he “doesn’t care” if he is left out of Wimbledon history in a controversial tournament draw.
A commissioned All England Club social media poster featured 15 former and current champions, but it was widely criticized for not including the two-time winner.
Members of Murray’s family reacted angrily. Uncle Niall Erksine said it was “appalling on every level” and bosses “should be ashamed”.
When first asked about his reaction, Murray, 36, said: “Ah, it was a disaster wasn’t it?
“The problem with the poster wasn’t that I was on it. I mean, personally, I don’t care.”
At the helm are two members of the “next generation of headliners” Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner.
In the background are depictions of ‘epic rivals’ Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and Williams sisters Serena and Venus.
Some fans even called the positioning of the top women behind the top men in the player order sexist.
When asked if more importance could be given to female aces, Murray replied, “Yeah, that was a bit strange. I suspect the players on the poster are players who have had incredible careers and were incredibly successful at Wimbledon.
“For me, Alcaraz and Sinner are incredible players, but it seems strange that they were at the top.”
Murray will find out who he will be up against in the first round of men’s singles at the forthcoming draw.
The Scot could potentially face one of the top seeds – even defending champion and long-time rival Novak Djokovic.
The former world No. 1 said: “Obviously I would love to play against Novak again at some point in my career.
“Whether that’s at Wimbledon or later, we’ll see.
“I’m no less competitive than in the past.
“I still have a great desire to go out on the pitch and compete, but I’m aware that I’m in a different situation.
“I’ve had some pretty difficult first-round draws in the Slams over the past few years. So I have to be prepared for it. And I think I am.”
Murray was beaten 6-4, 6-4 by world No. 6 Holger Rune at the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic at the Hurlingham Club in Putney on Wednesday night.
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