Murray accepts Delray Beach Open wildcard to begin 2021 season
(Reuters) - Andy Murray will begin his 2021 season at the Delray Beach Open next month after accepting a wild card for the ATP 250 tournament, the men's tour announced on Saturday.
The former number one in the world, which has slipped to 122nd place in the ranking, will join defending champion Reilly Opelka, high-ranking American John Isner and Canadian Milos Raonic in Florida.
The tournament will take place January 7-13 after being postponed from its traditional February slot and will serve as part of the preparations for the Australian Open Grand Slam, which due to COVID will be three weeks later than scheduled on February 8th will begin -19 health and safety measures.
Murray, three-time Grand Slam champion, underwent hip replacement surgery last January but returned seven months later to win the Antwerp title - his first since 2017.
The 33-year-old British man missed most of the 2020 season due to hip complications and battled for form on his return from COVID-19 hiatus. He suffered a second-round defeat at the US Open before dropping into the opening round to Roland Garros.
(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; editing by Peter Rutherford)
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