Former World No 1 Andy Murray has received a wildcard invitation for the US Open, which is due to start on August 31 amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Murray, 33, is ranked 129th in the world, one place too low for direct entry, and could be set for his first Grand Slam appearance since the Australian Open in January 2019, where he talked of retiring due to a long-term hip injury.
He then underwent a hip resurfacing operation and has returned to competitive action with encouraging success over the past year.
Murray won the first of his three Grand Slam titles at the 2012 U.S. Open but has not played in an official event since the Davis Cup last November.
Kim Clijsters has also been handed a wildcard spot into the women’s singles draw.
Clijsters is a four-time major champion and former No. 1 who came out of retirement this year after already being elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The U.S. Open – which she won in 2005, 2009 and 2010 – would mark the 37-year-old Belgian’s first Grand Slam appearance since a second-round loss at Flushing Meadows in 2012.
The U.S. Tennis Association gave all of its other wild cards for singles play to Americans.
The WTA and ATP tours were suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The women’s tour resumed this week in Palermo, Italy; the first men’s tournament is later this month.
The U.S. Open is scheduled to start on August 31 without spectators.
Other women’s wild-card recipients: Usue Arconada, CiCi Bellis, Francesca Di Lorenzo, Caroline Dolehide, Ann Li, Robin Montgomery and Whitney Osuigwe.
The other men’s wild cards went to: Ulises Blanch, Maxime Cressy, Sebastian Korda, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Michael Mmoh, Brandon Nakashima and JJ Wolf.