After Stan Wawrinka’s withdrawal from the Grand Slam, Andy Murray gets a spot in the US Open.
After Wawrinka’s ankle injury proved to be worse than first thought, the 34-year-old Scot was handed a spot in the main draw at Flushing Meadows.
Andy Murray has been added to the US Open main event after Stan Wawrinka was forced to withdraw due to a foot ailment. Wawrinka triumphed at Flushing Meadows in 2016, but has only played in one Grand Slam since then: the 2021 Australian Open.
Wawrinka’s 2016 win came in dramatic form, as he upset Novak Djokovic in four sets. However, Wawrinka’s recovery from surgery on his left foot in March is still affecting him, and he won’t be given the chance to repeat his feats.
When the surgery was first performed, the expectation was that he would be back in action in a matter of weeks, perhaps even in time to compete at Roland Garros. The injury, however, has proven to be more severe than first expected, and he hasn’t played since falling in the first round of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open to Lloyd Harris.
Murray has been hampered by injury of late, having withdrew from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics singles competition due to a thigh problem. In Tokyo, he continued to participate in doubles, reaching the quarter-finals with Joe Salisbury.
After opting out of the French Open and being driven out of the Australian Open by a positive Covid test, Murray won his first Grand Slam of the year at Wimbledon.
He played well in the first two rounds of SW19 before losing in straight sets to Canadian Denis Shapovalov.
Murray is now ranked 105th in the world, outside the top 100 in the ATP rankings. He was given a wildcard to compete in the Cincinnati Western and Southern Open, which begins on August 14.
Murray has a history with the US Open, having reached the final in 2008 after defeating Rafael Nadal, only to be lost in three sets by Roger Federer.
In 2012, the Scot won his maiden Grand Slam in New York, defeating Novak Djokovic in an epic five-set final that is still the joint-longest in US Open history.
Murray was unable to progress further in last year’s competition after being convincingly defeated by another. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”