Andy Murray Indian Wells 2021

2016 champion Andy Murray handed Paris Masters wildcard

Andy Murray will play the Paris Masters for the first time since his title in 2016 after receiving an invitation to enter the main draw.

The Masters 1000 event will hold a special place of importance for the former world number one.

The event was part of a stellar run of results for Murray at the back end of the 2016 season.

Following that year’s US Open, Murray won four consecutive tournaments in Beijing, the Shanghai Masters, Vienna and the Paris Masters to overtake Novak Djokovic and top the ATP rankings for the very first time.

Murray then went on to win the ATP Finals, defeating Djokovic in the final, to end the year ranked number one in the world.

Murray is the only non-French wildcard into the final Masters 1000 event of the season.

Richard Gasquet, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Arthur Rinderknech are the other three recipients.

Murray will be hoping that the memory of Paris 2016 can inspire him to a run of results there. The Brit has not won more than two consecutive matches at tour level this year.

The last time Murray won three consecutive matches at tour level was when he claimed his most recent title, the 2019 European Open in Antwerp, Belgium in October of that year.

Daniil Medvedev is the defending champion at the Paris Masters, with five-time champion Djokovic set to return to the court in the French capital. The world number one has not played since the US Open final.