Andy Murray, ranked No. 121 in the world, has been awarded a wildcard to the main draw of the 2021 Indian Wells tournament.
Murray has gotten wildcards for a number of tournaments in recent years. The British man, on the other hand, has no qualms about taking wildcards.
Murray received a wildcard to the Australian Open, Wimbledon Championships, US Open, and a slew of other prominent tournaments this season.
The critics argue that the wildcards should go to up-and-coming players, but Murray, who has had two hip surgeries since 2017, disagrees.
What did Murray say?
The three-time Grand Slam champion said he doesn’t have to justify why he accepts wildcards. The 34-year-old believes his accomplishments and the trauma he has endured over the last few years are sufficient justifications.
“After what I’ve gone through the last three, four years and what I’ve achieved for the game beforehand, I don’t feel like I need to justify the reasons for why I should get wildcards,” Murray said.
Andy Murray on Wild Cards he’s benefiting of:— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) October 7, 2021
“After what I’ve gone through the last three, four years and what I’ve achieved for the game beforehand, I don’t feel like I need to justify the reasons for why I should get wildcards.” pic.twitter.com/Tb3z4Q9idY
Murray was at the summit of men’s tennis in 2016. He won his second Olympic gold medal in singles, the US Open, the ATP World Tour Finals, and finished the season as the world’s No. 1 player for the first time in his career.
Murray’s hip issue, on the other hand, became a problem the following season. He had two hip surgeries, the first in 2018 and the second in 2019, and missed the majority of the tournaments while he was recovering.
After a four-year absence, the British tennis great returns to Indian Wells. He last competed at the 2017 Indian Wells Masters, when he was rated No. 1 in the world.
Murray’s greatest achievement since his debut at Indian Wells in 2006 has been a finalist in 2009.
Andy Murray’s first-round match at Indian Wells this year is against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. Murray has won both of their meetings, with Murray winning the series 2-0.