Sport Two-time champion Andy Murray awarded Wimbledon wild card
Economist Cameron Murray claims on Q+A that Australians should be complacent about COVID-19 even as new variants emerge
Economist Cameron Murray causes a stir on Q+A by claiming Australia's COVID-19 response has been over the top and the vaccine "was a stroke of luck".Mr Murray's comments, which also included his opinions about media coverage, the government response being overblown and the lack of a need to vaccinate children, were met with scorn and disbelief from all the other members of the Thursday night panel, which included Australian Medical Association president Omar Khorshid, epidemiologist Kamalini Lokuge, Uluru Statement leader Sally Scales and political editor of The Age and SMH Peter Hartcher.
has been handed a wild card into the men's singles main draw as he continues his return from injury.
The two-time winner, whose world ranking of 124 does not guarantee him automatic entry, has not played singles at the All England Club since 2017 when he was knocked out in the quarter-finals after the emergence of a hip issue which has blighted his career ever since.
He played doubles two years ago but will now play in the singles after Wimbledon confirmed their initial wild card picks on Wednesday, withand Katie Boulter notable beneficiaries of wild cards for the ladies' singles main draw.
'Scary good' Djokovic eyes historic achievement
Novak Djokovic's win at Roland Garros has him on track for something never before done by a male player.Only Steffi Graf in 1988 has achieved the feat of winning all four grand slam tournaments, plus the Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year.
Murray, 34,on Tuesday and was visibly emotional after beating Benoit Paire at Queen's.
Meanwhile Williams, 40, is a five-time champion at SW19, last winning the title back in 2008.
Boulter is also returning from a period of absence due to injury, but has a career-high ranking of 82 from 2019.
Other wild card picks for the women's singles include up-and-coming British players Francesca Jones, Jodie Burrage and Harriet Dart, as well as 33-year-old Samantha Murray Sharan.
For the men, 18-year-old Jack Draper is rewarded for his good form - which includes a win against World No 23 Jannik Sinner at Queen's this week - with a wild card, in what will be his first appearance in the main draw.
Murray emotional after drought-breaking victory
Andy Murray beat Benoit Paire 6-3 6-2 at the Queen's Club for his first ATP Tour match victory in more than a year. It was Murray's first grass-court match in three years and he felt right at home, converting all three break points and never facing one himself.Murray hadn't played on grass since Eastbourne in 2018. His last match was a March loss to No.8 Andrey Rublev of Russia and his last match win came in the first round of the 2020 US Open, where he came back from two sets down to narrowly defeat Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan.
Brits Liam Broady and Jay Clarke will also automatically enter the main draw, as will 18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who is the youngest player in the top-100 at No 78.
The AELTC confirmed that three more wild cards will be announced in due course on the men's singles side, while the two spare spots for the ladies' singles will not be used, and instead the next direct entry via world ranking will be accepted.
Wimbledon kicks off on July 28, returning after last year's event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ash Barty earns top Wimbledon honour .
Australia's Ash Barty is preparing for her tennis comeback after injury derailed her Roland-Garros charge.Top-ranked Ashleigh Barty is seeded first on the women's side. The Australian hasn't played since retiring from her second-round match at Roland Garros due to the flareup of an upper-leg injury.