ANDY MURRAY will return to the Australian Open within the New 12 months after receiving a main-draw wildcard.
Ex-World No1 Andy Murray is about to play on the Oz Open in Melbourne subsequent 12 months, having as soon as feared it was the place his severe enjoying days had endedCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
Andy Murray appeared to suppose his singles profession was in all probability over after he exited at Melbourne in January 2019 Credit score: Reuters
The Scot thought his profession was over however because of career-saving hip surgical procedure in London he has been in a position to proceed and stays a high-profile determine on the ATP circuit.
And from February 8 he plans to participate within the first Slam of the 2021 season.
The 33-year-old misplaced in 5 gruelling units to Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut nearly two years in the past and his look Down Underneath will likely be emotional for him, his household and ardent followers.
Aussie Open event director Craig Tiley stated: “We welcome Andy again to Melbourne with open arms.
“As a five-time finalist he has been an integral a part of so many wonderful matches and storylines within the current historical past of the Australian Open.
“His retirement was an emotional second and seeing him come again, having undergone main surgical procedure and constructed himself again as much as get onto the Tour once more, will likely be a spotlight of AO 2021.
“We want him all the very best and sit up for seeing him in 2021.”
This announcement is not going to please hardnosed Swede Mats Wilander, a former world No.1 and seven-time Grand Slam champion, who blasted Murray in September on the French Open for taking wildcards off youthful stars.
I believe Andy Murray must cease considering of himself and begin occupied with who he was. Does he have a proper to take wildcards from younger gamers?
Murray had simply misplaced to Stan Wawrinka within the first spherical at Roland Garros and Wilander stated: “I fear about Andy Murray.
“I’d love to listen to him say why he’s on the market, giving us a false sense of hope that he’s going to return again someday.
“I hold getting slightly bit disillusioned, is it his proper to be on the market doing that? Why?
“I did it and I shouldn’t have, it was the largest mistake I did in my profession.
“I believe Andy Murray must cease considering of himself and begin occupied with who he was.
“Does he have a proper to be on the market taking wildcards from the younger gamers?
“I used to be 26 after I first retired, got here again at 28, performed till 32 and there have been a few years I performed and shouldn’t have taken up the area the place there have been youthful, extra motivated gamers who have been higher than what I used to be.”
The Aussie Open has been moved again by three week because of the affect of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Qualifying for the singles draw will likely be held in Dubai and Doha between January 10-13.