Andy Murray set for Australian Open return after receiving 2021 wildcard

Andy Murray has reached five Australian Open finals (Picture: Getty)

Andy Murray will return to the Australian Open in February after being awarded a main-draw wildcard.

The 33-year-old, who has reached five Australian Open finals, broke down in tears in January 2019 after playing what he feared was his last professional match in Melbourne.

But Murray has worked hard on his fitness this year and impressed during the recent Battle of the Brits events, beating both British number one Dan Evans and number three Cameron Norrie.

At 122 in the world, Murray is ranked too low to gain direct entry into the Australian Open but will feature after being handed a wildcard.

The 2021 Australian Open will begin in February, having been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said: ‘We welcome Andy back to Melbourne with open arms.

‘As a five-time finalist, he has been an integral part of so many amazing matches and storylines in the recent history of the Australian Open.

Murray impressed in the recent Battle of the Brits event (Picture: Getty)

‘His retirement was an emotional moment and seeing him come back, having undergone major surgery and built himself back up to get onto the Tour again, will be a highlight of AO 2021.

‘We wish him all the best and look forward to seeing him in 2021.’

Murray, who has won three Grand Slam titles, has also accepted a wildcard to compete at the ATP event in Florida in the first week of January.

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