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Published: 10:44, December 24, 2021 | Updated: 17:52, December 24, 2021
Murray handed wild card in Australian Open main draw
By Reuters
Published:10:44, December 24, 2021 Updated:17:52, December 24, 2021 By Reuters

In this file photo taken on Jan 14, 2019, Britain's Andy Murray reacts after a point during his men's singles match against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut on day one of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. (SAEED KHAN / AFP)

MELBOURNE - Former world number one Andy Murray has been handed a wild card into the main draw of next month's Australian Open, the tournament organizers said on Thursday.

Andy Murray, a three-times Grand Slam champion, last played the hardcourt major in 2019

The Briton, down at 134th in the world rankings after long injury lay-offs due to hip surgery, has reached the final five times at Melbourne Park - the last of them in 2016 - though has never claimed the crown.

"I'm really excited to be back playing at the Australian Open," the 34-year-old said. "I've had some great times in Australia playing in front of the amazing crowds and I can't wait to step back out on court at Melbourne Park."

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Murray, a three-times Grand Slam champion, last played the hardcourt major in 2019. He received a wildcard in 2021 too but was unable to compete at the year's opening major after testing positive for COVID-19.


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