Championship director Craig Tilly announced, Thursday, that former world number one Andy Murray received an invitation to participate in the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament this year (17-30 January).
“Andy is known for his competitive spirit, passion and love for the game and I am delighted to welcome him back to Melbourne in January,” explained Tillie on the event’s Twitter account.
“I can’t wait to get back to the Australian Open and I thank Craig and his team for the opportunity. I had an amazing time in Australia playing in front of an amazing crowd and I can’t wait to get back on the court at Melbourne Park,” Murray recalls.
The 34-year-old Scot has never won the prestigious tournament, but has made five finals in Melbourne (2008, 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2016).
The winner of three Grand Slam titles in his career, who reached the world rankings in 2016, has been hampered by frequent thigh injuries since 2017.
It is now ranked 134th in the world. His last appearance is at the 2019 Australian Open and he was eliminated in the first round.
Last August, he took part in the US Open thanks to an invitation and made Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, world fourth for five rounds, a doubt before losing in the first round.
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