The former world number one Andy Murray has been given the wildcard for the French open 2020. This might signal towards the Briton’s intent to return to Roland Garros after three years of absence from the event.
For the current world no.110, the last couple of years have not been the best as he has been struggling with his ongoing hip injuries. He eventually had to go in for a hip resurfacing injury in 2019 to save his career.
The 33-year-old did come back on the court recently and reached the second round of the US Open 2020. He has not played on the clay since 2017, after he lost to Stan Wawrinka in the semifinals, but is showing signs to be back this year. This year’s first round of the French Open begins on the 27th of September.
110 is too low a rank to automatically enter the main draw, but he will be back on the Paris clay regardless later this month. The reason being, the three-time grand slam champion got a wildcard to the main draw of this month’s French Open.
2016 French Open Runner Up Andy Murray
Murray qualified for the semi-finals at Roland Garros for four consecutive years from 2014-2017 but will enter this tournament without any competitive action on clay after he decided against playing at the Italian Open this week.
There were also doubts about whether he would want to put his hip through the rigors of clay court tennis, with the matches generally longer and the running harder. However, after losing in the second round of the US Open he hinted he planned to play Roland Garros provided he recovered well enough.
Murray was a finalist in 2016 before losing out to Novak Djokovic but has never held that trophy. It is not that shocking considering the presence of the king of clay, Rafael Nadal, who will be trying for his 13th title this time.