Murray enjoys winning return to action alongside Broady in the Italian Open doubles

Andy Murray enjoys winning return to action alongside fellow Brit Liam Broady in the second round of the Italian Open doubles

  • Andy Murray partnered Liam Broady in the Italian Open doubles on Wednesday
  • They were late entrants in the draw after numerous withdrawals in Rome
  • British pair defeated Australians Max Purcell and Luke Saville 5-7, 7-6, 10-6

Andy Murray’s first match since early March ended in the narrowest of victories on Wednesday night when he and fellow Brit Liam Broady made the second round of the Italian Open doubles.

Making up a last-minute pairing as late alternatives in the draw, they defeated Australians Max Purcell and Luke Saville 5-7, 7-6, 10-6.

The two-time Wimbledon champion was earlier mentioned by French Open tournament director Guy Forget, who said he ‘deserved’ a wildcard into the Roland Garros draw but that a decision would be made next week.

Andy Murray’s first match since March ended in the narrowest of victories on Wednesday

Elsewhere, playing in her 1,000th tour match and her first since February, Serena Williams was beaten 7-6, 7-5 by last year’s French Open semi-finalist Nadia Podoroska.

Murray , Dan Evans and Jamie Murray have all been confirmed as entrants for next month’s cinch Championships at Queen’s Club.

The key Wimbledon warm-up tournament returns after the coronavirus pandemic forced its cancellation last year.

Andy Murray will play singles at Queen’s for the first time since 2018 and will hope for a first victory since he won his fifth title in 2016.

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Wimbledon’s traditional day of rest on Middle Sunday is set to be scrapped from 2022

BREAKING NEWS: Wimbledon’s traditional day of rest on Middle Sunday is set to be scrapped from 2022, bringing it in line with the other three Grand Slams as a 14-day tournament

  • Wimbledon will end its tradition by having no rest day in middle of tournament
  • It’ll become 14-day Grand Slam from 2022, moving it in line with other majors 
  • The SW19 grass-court tournament traditionally had a spare day in case of rain 

Wimbledon’s traditional day of rest on the middle Sunday of the tournament will be scrapped from 2022, the All England Club has announced.

Wimbledon is currently the only Grand Slam that has a day off during the fortnight but this provides scheduling challenges, particularly when there is bad weather in the first week.

At the tournament’s spring press briefing, chairman Ian Hewitt said developments in the care of grass courts meant 14 days of play was now deemed possible. 

Wimbledon’s traditional rest day on middle Sunday of Grand Slam will be scrapped from 2022

Wimbledon is currently the only Grand Slam that has a day off during the fortnight

Wimbledon is currently the only Grand Slam that has a day off during the fortnight

SW19 traditionally had a spare day in the middle of the tournament in case of rain, causing a pile-up of matches. 

If this was the case matches would be switched to the middle Sunday so that the tournament could catch up but this rest day was only used if only absolutely necessary.

In its 144-year history the middle Sunday has only been used four times – in 1991, 1997, 2004 and 2016 – to play unfinished matches. 

The tournament will return this year after it was not held in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hewitt said: ‘We plan to deliver the best Championships possible in accordance with public safety. It will necessarily be different from Wimbledon as we know it.’

Wimbledon fans will be able to get tickets for an extra day's play from 2022 with no rest day

Wimbledon fans will be able to get tickets for an extra day’s play from 2022 with no rest day

Wimbledon are working closely with the Government on the arrangements for this year’s tournament, beginning on June 28.

A minimum capacity of 25 per cent is currently being planned for with the hope that this can increase, with tickets expected to go on sale in June.

Hewitt revealed that Wimbledon’s foresight in taking out pandemic insurance paid off to the tune of £180million, covering the club’s losses from the cancelled 2020 event.

That enabled the AELTC to give the Lawn Tennis Association, which receives the annual surplus from the Championships, a pay-out of around £36million.

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