Ridiculous Scheduling Threatens to Destroy Andy Murray's Wimbledon 2012 Dream

Martin BaldridgeCorrespondent IIJuly 3, 2012

"Why have they put me on court No. 1?" asks an angry Andy Murray
"Why have they put me on court No. 1?" asks an angry Andy MurrayPaul Gilham/Getty Images

What is up with the Wimbledon tournament committee?

Don't they want to give Britain's great hope, Andy Murray, the best possible chance to become the first homegrown champion since 1936?

So why put the Scotsman on court No. 1 when the weather forecast clearly indicated that matches were unlikely to be completed on Monday?

Meanwhile Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic both played their matches in the comfort of knowing that if it rained, they'd be able to play their matches to conclusion under the centre court roof.

Murray leads Marin Cilic 7-5, 3-1 and will in all likelihood finish the job, weather permitting, by around 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

But it's not enough.

I can't think of any other nation than we stiff upper-lipped British, deliberately handicapping our best player in over 75 years; making him play for three consecutive days, whilst his likely finals opponents get the day off.

Is this some form of retribution for Murray failing to turn out in Davis Cup?

Surely LTA supremo and Murray family friend Leon Smith, could have had a strong word in tournament referee Andrew Jarrett's ear.

Personally I think it's just another example of the stupidity which surrounds British tennis.

Roger Draper invested over £1 million in Brad Gilbert to help Murray break into the upper echelons of the game; stating that Andy was Britain's greatest tennis asset, which he still is.

With Murray's Wimbledon nemesis Rafael Nadal out of the tournament, why not give him the best possible court scheduling in a year when he could become the first British player to make the final since 1938?

Can you imagine a few years back Tennis Australia telling Lleyton Hewitt he'd be playing on the Margaret Court arena whilst his contenders for their national title played under a roof on Laver?

Of course the US Open doesn't have the facility of an indoor arena but if they someday do, I'm sure they'll be keen to give their players the best possible chance of success in similar circumstances.

As for the French—don't go there, they'll do anything to help their players.

So why not the Brits?

Why don't we go out of our way to help our greatest player of the modern era?

John McEnroe commentating on BBC television couldn't believe the Wimbledon committee didn't put Murray on centre court.

Tournaments should give priority to their home players regardless of what the rest of the world may say. 

Maybe a sense of injustice may fire Murray up to play even better.