Murray receives Dubai wildcard

The Scot recently withdrew from an event in Rotterdam

By Web Desk
February 07, 2023
Andy Murray has won the ATP Tour tournament in 2017 — Reuters 

Former number one Andy Murray has grabbed a wild card in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which is scheduled to take place later this month.

The Scot has won the ATP Tour tournament in 2017 after defeating Fernando Verdasco in the title match.

Murray, who defeated Matteo Berrettini in the opening round of the Australian Open last month in an epic match, is looking to move up the rankings from his present position of 61.

"Coming back to Dubai brings with it a lot of good memories, not least 2017 and the final with Fernando," he said on the tournament's website.

"My form is improving and my game is getting better, so the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships provides another great opportunity for me to continue to climb back up the rankings."

Prior to losing to Roberto Bautista Agut in the third round, Murray's exhausting efforts in Melbourne featured his longest-ever match against Thanasi Kokkinakis, which ended at 4.05 am.

Murray competes at this year's tournament alongside players like Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, and champion Andrey Rublev, among others.

"We are delighted to welcome Andy back to Dubai," said Colm McLoughlin, the executive vice chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free.

"Everybody knows how important a figure he is in British tennis and, as we have seen in the seven previous times he has competed at our event, he always attracts a strong and passionate support base.

"He accepted our wild card last year and was a credit to the tournament, and we are very happy he has accepted our invite once again."