Followed by the early exit at the French Open 2020, former world number one Andy Murray will compete in Cologne’s ATP 250 events. The first indoor event main draw will begin on Monday in Germany. Briton has already received an invitation from the tournament organizers.
While Murray won his first comeback title in the European Open indoor hard courts last year, he will play for the first time in the Cologne to improve his game and maintain fitness. And also, It might help him to play well in the upcoming Australian Open 2021 series.
However, three-times Grand Slam Champion will face the qualifier Fernando Verdasco in his opening round.
The top-seeded and this year’s US Open finalist, Alexander Zverev, will be entering the second round of the event via a bye. The German will play against the Murray/Verdasco match-winner to confirm his place in the quarterfinal.
But, here we need to remember Murray leads Zverev in the head-to-head 2-0. In the recent meet at the Western and Southern Open 2020, he overcame world number seven in the three sets.
On the other hand, Murray will have a chance to meet compatriot Kyle Edmund before reaching the semifinal of the event.
Other Participants at ATP 250 Cologne
World number ten Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, Canadian rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime, 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, and former World No.18 Paire Benoit of French will be competing along with Andy Murray in the newbie event. The announced prize money for this tournament is 325610 euros.
The first Cologne ATP 250 event will occur from 12-18 October, while the second event will take place from 19-25 October. The winner of the two events will gain 500 points in the ATP ranking table.