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Andy Murray Awarded Wild-Card Entry To Australian Open 2022
Three-time Grand slam winner Andy Murray has entered the Australian Open 2022 main draw as a wild-card entrant on Thursday. The 34-year-old British tennis star last played at Melbourne Park in 2019, when he made a teary retirement announcement before undergoing second hip surgery to extend his career.
The former top-ranked Murray had also accepted a wild-card entry last year but didn’t go after testing positive for COVID-19 shortly before he was due to board a charter flight to Melbourne.
The Australian Open begins on January 17. Murray, No 134 in the ATP rankings, spoke optimistically about going deep in tournaments again after beating Jannik Sinner to reach the quarterfinals of the Stockholm Open in November. He had also pushed Stefanos Tsitsipas to five sets in a first-round loss at the US Open in August.
The three-time Grand Slam champion said he’s “really excited” to return to the Australian Open.
“I’ve had some great times in Australia playing in front of the amazing crowds,” the 34-year-old Murray said, “and I can’t wait to step back out on court at Melbourne Park.”