Andy Murray reached the Roland Garros final in 2016 but is now ranked 110th.© AFP
Former world number one Andy Murray, who is battling fitness after radical hip surgery, was handed a wild card for the French Open on Monday, which will begin on 27 September. The 33-year-old Scotsman reached the Roland Garros final in 2016 but is now ranked 110th in the world as he attempts to rebuild his career. Murray recently lost to Canadian Felix Auger-Aliasimee in the second round of the US Open, where he was also given a wild card. After his defeat, he said how he was happy with the metal hump in his first Grand Slam match since the 2019 Australian Open when there was talk of him retiring.
Six years ago former world number five Eugenie Bouchard as a semifinalist and former Wimbledon runner-up in Paris was given an invitation over the weekend to reach the final of the WTA event in Istanbul, her first final in four years.
Meanwhile, Spain’s clay-court king Rafael Nadal called for caution on Monday with the French Open set which will be played in front of the audience later this month despite Coronovirus concerns.
Nadal, who will bid for the 13th French Open title in Paris, will compete this week on clay in Rome for the first time in six months due to an epidemic.
Asked reporters about the French Open, the 34-year-old said, “I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know what the situation is looking like in Roland Garros.”
“Let’s see how the virus develops over the next few weeks. Hopefully, that’s a good way. It doesn’t look like that, no! See.”
“We need to be patient and wait to see how the situation will improve.”
If the world number two can win Roger Federer’s 20 Grand Slam titles, then he can win in Paris.
The French Open, which was pushed back from May to the beginning of September 27, can host 11,500 spectators per day.
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