Andy Murray to make Australian Open return after being granted wild card

Former world number one confirmed for first Grand Slam of the season.

Andy Murray will make his return to the Australian Open in January after being granted a wild card.

Murray has not played a match in Australia since 20219 when he emotionally announced his intention to retire later that year at Wimbledon.

He has since underwent hip resurfacing surgery and has fought to save his singles career.

The 34-year-old lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round that year, which was followed by a tribute video on the court's big screen.

After the match Murray said: "It's an amazing place to play tennis. If it was my last match, it was an amazing way to end."

Murray withdrew from the tournament in 2020 and earlier this year he also had to pull out at the last minute after testing positive for coronavirus.

However Murray has continued to battle back towards the top 100, most notably in pushing Stefanos Tsitsipas to five sets in a US Open first-round defeat in September.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said: "As a five-time finalist, Andy Murray has had so many memorable moments at the Australian Open

"He's renowned for his fighting spirit, passion and love of the game and I'm delighted to welcome him back in Melbourne in January.

"His heroic exploits have made him a firm fan favourite here at Melbourne Park."

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