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Australian Open: recipient of an invitation, Andy Murray to play in Melbourne

Current 134 and ATP, Andy Murray can no longer count on its ranking to integrate the main draw of major tournaments . Fortunately for the former world No. 1, there are the invitations, including the one he just received this Thursday from the Australian Open (17 to 30 January). “Andy is known for his competitive spirit, passion and love for the game and I am happy to welcome him back to Melbourne in January,” manager Craig Tiley explained on the tournament’s Twitter account. – #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) December 23, 2021 “I can’t wait to come back and play the Australian Open and I thank Craig and his team for the opportunity. I had some great times in Australia playing in front of an incredible crowd and I can’t wait to get back on the court in Melbourne Park ”, for his part recalled Murray.

Five finals lost in Melbourne

The 34-year-old Scotsman has never won the event, but has played five finals in Melbourne (2008, 2008, 2011, 2015 and 2016). His last participation dates back to 2017 and he was eliminated in the 1st round.

Winner of three Grand Slam titles in his career, the one who reached the first world rank in 2015 has been hampered by recurring hip injuries since 2016. Last August, he had already participated in the US Open thanks to a “wild card” and had raised doubts for five sets the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, 4th in the world, before losing in the 1st round.