Murray handed wildcard for Australian Open draw

Tennis

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray has been handed a wildcard into the main draw of next month’s Australian Open, the tournament organisers said on Thursday.

The Briton, down at 134th in the world rankings after long injury lay-offs due to hip surgery, has reached the final five times at Melbourne Park – the last of them in 2016 – though has never claimed the crown.

“I’m really excited to be back playing at the Australian Open,” the 34-year-old said.

“I’ve had some great times in Australia playing in front of the amazing crowds and I can’t wait to step back out on court at Melbourne Park.”

Murray, a three-times Grand Slam champion, last played the hardcourt major in 2019.

He received a wildcard in 2021 too but was unable to compete at the year’s opening major after testing positive for COVID-19.

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