MIAMI (AFP) – Three-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1 Andy Murray is amongst 5 gamers handed a wild card into the principle draw of subsequent week’s Miami Open, match officers mentioned on Monday (March 15).
Murray, who skipped this week’s Dubai Tennis Championships after turning into a father for the fourth time with spouse Kim Sears, returns to the Miami Open discipline for the primary time since 2016.
The 2-time Wimbledon and Olympic champion, who’s on the comeback path after hip surgical procedure two years in the past, received the Miami Open in 2009 and 2013 and reached the ultimate of the occasion in 2012 and 2015.
“It’s thrilling to see Andy again in Miami,” mentioned Miami Open match director James Blake. “As somebody who has needed to battle again from damage throughout his profession, I perceive and respect all of the onerous work Andy has put in to get again on tour.”
Murray is joined in the principle draw by Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz, Michael Mmoh of america, Hugo Gaston of France and Britain’s Jack Draper.
Anna Kalinskaya, Ana Konjuh, Storm Sanders, Katrina Scott, Mayar Sherif, Wang Xiyu and Wang Xinyu have been granted predominant draw wildcards within the girls’s match.
On Sunday, two-time Miami Open champion Kim Clijsters withdrew from the match.
Clijsters, who underwent a knee operation in October after which contracted Covid-19 in January, mentioned she withdrew due to issues over health.
“Sadly, I’m not the place I should be particularly if I wish to compete with one of the best,” she mentioned. “It is disappointing and irritating.”