Andy Murray: Five-time finalist set for Australian Open return after being handed wildcard

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    British professional tennis player from Scotland
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Andy Murray will compete at the 2022 Australian Open, it has been confirmed.

The five-time finalist has been officially handed a wildcard entry into the main draw for the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne, which begins on January 17.

“Andy is renowned for his fighting spirit, passion and love of the game and I’m delighted to welcome him back to Melbourne in January,” said tournament director Craig Tiley.

Murray added: “I’m really excited to be back playing at the Australian Open and grateful to Craig and the team for the opportunity. 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.”

It is Murray’s first return to the Australian Open since 2019, when he lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round and tearfully admitted that he would likely have to retire from tennis due to a chronic hip injury.

However, Murray subsequently underwent significant surgeries and was able to return to the sport after lengthy rehabilitation, competing in four Grand Slams since.

Murray toppled fellow Briton Dan Evans and 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal - who has since tested positive for Covid-19, throwing his own Australian Open participation into question - at the recent Mubadala World Tennis Championship, losing to Andrey Rublev in the final in Abu Dhabi.

The former British no1 missed last year’s Australian Open after testing positive for Covid before departure and being unable to agree a “workable quarantine”.

Murray has previously reached five finals in Melbourne in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016, losing first to Roger Federer before four defeats in the showpiece by Novak Djokovic.

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