According to tournament officials, former World Number #1 and three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray among five tennis players to be granted a wildcard entry into the main draw of next week’s Miami Open.
Murray, who missed the Dubai Tennis Championships this week after becoming a father to wife Kim Sears for the fourth time, is returning to the Miami Open for the first time since 2016.
The two-time Wimbledon and Olympic champion, who returned from his hip surgery two years before, won the Miami Open twice in 2009 and 2013 and reached the final in 2012 and 2015.
Miami Open Tournament Director - James Blake said: “It’s great to see Andy back in Miami. As someone who has had to battle back from injury during his career, I understand and respect all the hard work Andy has put in to get back on tour.”
The British tennis player Murray has joined in the main draw by Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, Michael Mmoh from the USA, Hugo Gaston from France and Briton Jack Draper.
Ana Konjuh, Anna Kalinskaya, Storm Sanders, Mayar Sherif, Katrina Scott, Wang Xinyu and Wang Xiyu were also handed main draw wildcards in the women’s tournament.
Two-time Miami Open champion, Kim Clijsters on Sunday, withdrew from the tournament.
Clijsters, who underwent knee surgery in October and then contracted Covid-19 in January, said she withdrew due to fitness concerns.
“Unfortunately, I’m not where I need to be, especially if I want to compete with the best. It is disappointing and frustrating,” Clijsters said.
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