Britain’s former world primary Andy Murray has been awarded a wildcard for February’s Australian Open, event director Craig Tiley stated on Sunday. The fundamental draw entry for the primary Grand Slam of 2021 comes two years after Murray, the 5-time runner-up in Melbourne, performed what he feared could be his remaining skilled match there, shedding within the first spherical to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut.
“We welcome Andy back to Melbourne with open arms,” Tiley stated. “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.”
Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray went on to have hip resurfacing surgical procedure in January final yr however made his comeback to win the Antwerp title 9 months later.
He missed many of the 2020 season resulting from issues together with his hip and struggled for type on his return after the Covid-19 hiatus, struggling a second-spherical defeat within the U.S. Open earlier than falling within the opening spherical at Roland Garros.
The 33-yr-previous will start his 2021 season on the Delray Beach Open subsequent month after accepting a wildcard for the ATP 250 event. The Australian Open has been pushed again three weeks to start out on Feb. 8 resulting from Covid-19 measures.