‘I can’t wait!’ – Andy Murray Australian Open spot confirmed as he receives wild card
Andy Murray has been granted a wild card for the Australian Open next month nearly three years after all but retiring at the tournament.
Melbourne was what appeared to be the final act of a final failed comeback for Murray in 2019 when he announced plans to retire at Wimbledon of that year.
After losing to Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round he underwent career-saving hip surgery and has got himself back playing regular tennis on the ATP Tour since.
That 2019 was Murray last appearance in Australia with injury and COVID keeping him out since, but he looks all set to make his return next month.
“I’m really excited to be back playing at the Australian Open and grateful to Craig and the team for the opportunity,” Murray 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.”
Five-time finalist @andy_murray is awarded a main draw wildcard.
“Andy is renowned for his fighting spirit, passion and love of the game and I’m delighted to welcome him back to Melbourne in January.” – @CraigTiley
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) December 23, 2021
Tournament director Craig Tiley added: “As a five-time finalist, Andy Murray has had so many memorable moments at the Australian Open
“He’s renowned for his fighting spirit, passion and love of the game and I’m delighted to welcome him back in Melbourne in January.
“His heroic exploits have made him a firm fan favourite here at Melbourne Park.”
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