The 33-year-old British Andy Murray, former world number one, has been awarded a special guest spot for the Australian Tennis Open, tournament director Craig Tiley confirmed this Sunday.
“We welcome Andy to Melbourne with open arms”Tiley said. His retirement was an emotional moment and seeing him return, after undergoing major surgery and rebuilding to return to the circuit, will be one of the highlights of the 2021 Open, “he added.
In the 2019 edition, Murray announced precisely that he planned to leave tennis, in fact he did not play the following year in Melbourne, a city that he will set foot again from February 8.
Winner of three Grand Slam tournaments: the US Open in 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016, Melbourne has been a denied appointment for the Scotsman as he has lost five times in the Australian Open final (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016).