Andy Murray contends Wimbledon poster of past and present greats was ‘strange’ | Sunday Observer

Andy Murray contends Wimbledon poster of past and present greats was ‘strange’

2 July, 2023
Andy Murray
Andy Murray

Andy Murray described a poster of past and present Wimbledon greats as “strange” after it was criticised for marginalising female champions and leaving out the Scot.

An image posted on Wimbledon’s Twitter showed 15 famous players walking down a staircase at the All England Club.

Four of the six women were at the back, with Murray left out and Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz at the front.

“Me not being on it is certainly not a problem,” Murray said.

The image was part of a series of artworks done by an illustrator and was intended to show some of the great rivalries at SW19 over the years.

The ‘Big Three’ of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were shown, with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova behind them.

Serena and Venus Williams, who have won a combined 12 Wimbledon singles titles, were near the back.

Neither Sinner or world number one Alcaraz have gone beyond the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

Murray, speaking after his 6-4 6-4 loss to world number six Holger Rune at the Hurlingham exhibition, said the grouping of the men at the front was “slightly strange”.

“It was a disaster, wasn’t it? I don’t need to elaborate any more on it, it’s pretty obvious if you see the poster,” the 36-year-old joked.

“I guess the players that are on the poster are ones that have had incredible careers and have been unbelievably successful at Wimbledon. “Alcaraz and Sinner are unbelievable players but it just seems strange that they were all sort of behind them.

“I personally don’t really care that much about it. But I can see when you look at it’s like, ‘that does look a bit strange’.”

The poster was also criticised by Murray’s brother, Jamie. The All England Lawn Tennis Club did not previously comment on the criticism. (BBC sports)