Alexander Zverev Australian Open 2021

Alexander Zverev given Marbella wildcard

World No. 7 Alexander Zverev has been awarded a wildcard for the Andalucia Open in Marbella – which will begin on Monday.

The ATP 250 event will run from April 5-11 alongside the Sardegna Open in Cagliari – kicking off the European clay-court swing.

The German will be the top seed at the tournament – and world No. 8 Andrey Rublev will be the second seed. Rublev is still in action at the Miami Open – where he will face Hubert Hurkacz in the semi-finals on Friday.

After beating Stefanos Tsitsipas to win the Mexican Open ATP 500 event last month, Zverev lost to Emil Ruusuvuori in the second round in Miami.

The other seeded players in Marbella are Pablo Carreno Busta, Fabio Fognini (also a wildcard), Casper Ruud, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, and Feliciano Lopez.

World No. 317 Holger Rune – the promising 17-year-old Dane – has also been given a wildcard. Leo Borg – 17-year-old Swede and son of 11-time Grand Slam champion Bjorn Borg – has been given a wildcard into the qualifying draw.

The Club de Tennis Puento Romano – where the event is held – was opened in 1979 by Bjorn Borg.

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