British professional tennis legend Andy Murray is given a wild card entry into the first Grand Slam of the new year Australian Open’s main draw that is scheduled to commence next month. The news was announced by the organisers of the tournament on Thursday, reports Reuters.
Former world number one has slipped down at 134th in the rankings following his bad health luck. The Briton has been suffering from long injury layoffs after his hip surgery. The injury doesn’t let the player stand on his back for long because of which he is always forced to lose at the initial stages of the tournaments as the player gets tired easily. The bad health luck has been disturbing many other players as well. 20-times Grand Slam champion has also been sidelined due to his double knee surgery because of which the player missed several majors.
“Five-time finalist Andy Murray is awarded the main draw wildcard,” stated the Australian Open tournament official page via Twitter.
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
Murray was delighted while he is back at the tournament and said that he is “grateful” to Crag and the team for giving him the chance. “I am excited to be back playing at the Australian Open,” said the 34-year-old, reported the tournament page on Twitter. Three-times Grand Slam champion just cannot wait to be back playing in front of amazing supporters where he had “great times” on the court at Melbourne Park. The player was sidelined in 2021 after earning a wildcard and was forced to not partake because he had tested positive for COVID-19.