Andy Murray has been awarded a wildcard for February’s Australian Open. The main draw entry for the first grand slam of 2021 comes two years after the former world No 1 and five-times runner-up in Melbourne played what he feared would be his final match there, losing in the first round to Roberto Bautista Agut.
“We welcome Andy back to Melbourne with open arms,” the tournament director, Craig Tiley said. “His retirement was an emotional moment and seeing him come back, having undergone major surgery and built himself back up to get on to the tour again, will be a highlight of AO 2021.”
The Australian Open has been pushed back three weeks to start on 8 Feb because of Covid-19.
Murray went on to have hip resurfacing surgery in January last year but made his comeback to win the Antwerp title nine months later. The three-times grand slam champion missed most of the 2020 season owing to complications with his hip and struggled for form on his return after the Covid-19 hiatus. He lost in the second round at the US Open and the opening round at the French Open.
The 33-year-old will begin the season at the Delray Beach Open next month after accepting a wildcard for the ATP 250 tournament.
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