5-time Australian Open finalist Andy Murray has been given a wild-card entry into the primary Grand Slam match of subsequent yr.
Former top-ranked Murray has slipped to No. 122 within the ATP rankings after a number of years of battling hip accidents and surgical procedure.
“We welcome Andy again to Melbourne with open arms,” Australian Open match director Craig Tiley stated Monday. “As a five-time finalist he has been an integral a part of so many wonderful matches and storylines within the latest historical past of the Australian Open.”
Murray made a teary retirement announcement in Melbourne two years in the past earlier than present process a second spherical of surgical procedures to increase his profession.
“His retirement was an emotional second and seeing him come again, having undergone main surgical procedure and construct himself again as much as get onto the tour once more, will likely be a spotlight of AO 2021,” Tiley added.
The rescheduled Australian Open will likely be performed from Feb. 8-21, three weeks later than the unique date so as to permit gamers and officers to spend 14 days in quarantine as soon as they arrive in Australia. The gamers will likely be allowed 5 hours of observe every day at Melbourne Park, however should keep confined to their lodge rooms in any other case.
Additionally receiving a wild card was Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, who can be recovering from a sequence of accidents and hasn’t performed a tour match because the 2019 U.S. Open. He missed the 2020 Australian Open on account of glandular fever.
Fellow Australians Destanee Aiava and Arina Rodionova gained wild playing cards into the 128-women’s draw.
India’s Sumit Nagal and China’s Wang Xiyu have been awarded wild playing cards from the Asia-Pacific for the lads’s and ladies’s major draw, respectively.