After Andy Murray's withdrawal from Wimbledon, Jack Draper's first-round tie moved to center court

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 at 13:36
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Britain’s tennis star Jack Draper’s match has been moved to the center court after the withdrawal of former world number one Andy Murray from Wimbledon 2024. The third Grand Slam of the year is already underway where players from all over the world are battling to secure the ultimate prize.
The tournament, however, suffered a major setback on Tuesday with the announcement of Murray’s withdrawal. The 37-year-old, who is often regarded as one of the greatest British players in history in the singles category, was forced to withdraw from the mega-event after failing to recover from a back injury. He sustained that injury during the Queen’s ATP Championship, after which he also underwent surgery.
This is not the first time Murray has had fitness concerns. He has struggled with fitness concerns throughout his career, and it was because of this reason that he was forced to retire from professional tennis in 2018 as well, but he made a miraculous return a few months later.
After Murray’s withdrawal, Draper’s contest with Elias Ymer has been moved to the centre court. The 22-year-old is already regarded as one of the most highly-rated British players currently playing in the men’s singles category. He is coming into the competition after impressive performances on the grass court. The Sutton-born star recently lifted the Stuttgart Open after beating Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in the final with a score of 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.
After that, he participated in the Queen’s ATP Championship, where his journey ended after he lost in the quarterfinal to America’s Tommy Paul with a score of 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. But before that, the youngster managed to register arguably the biggest win of his career as he defeated the 2023 Wimbledon champion and the former world number one Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz in the second round with a score of 7-6, 6-3.

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