Andy Murray Receives Wild Card

August 15, 2019 09:39 PM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AUGUST 15, 2019)—One of the most famed and highly successful players in tennis—Andy Murray—will compete in the 2019 Winston-Salem Open.  He is entering the playing field as a wild card for the upcoming tournament.  

Murray was the year-end No. 1 player in the ATP Rankings in 2016.   He owns three Grand Slam singles titles, including the US Open in 2012, Wimbledon in 2013 and again in 2016. Murray has been a runner-up in Grand Slam singles eight times.  In addition, Murray is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in singles—winning in 2012 and 2016.

He holds 45 ATP Tour level singles titles and has an overall record of 663-192.  Murray joins Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick as the former world No. 1s who have played at the Winston-Salem Open. Hewitt played in 2011. Roddick played in 2011 and 2012.  

This will be Murray’s third singles tournament of the season. Currently ranked No. 324 because of inactivity, the 32-year-old Murray did not play singles after the Australian Open until this 
He underwent a second right hip surgery on 28 January and missed five months. His surgery was similar to what Bob Bryan also experienced—and made his return by playing doubles at Queen’s Club in London where he won the title with Feliciano Lopez just before Wimbledon. They are in the doubles quarterfinals this week in Cincinnati. He also recently played doubles with his brother in Washington.

Speaking to the press Thursday evening at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati: 
"I've taken the wild card to play Winston-Salem. It'll be my first time playing there I've spoken to quite a few of the players who have played there and have heard they've got great facilities there for practice and the matches," said Murray. "What I need now is matches. I want to get myself back on the singles court and keep testing myself. Winston-Salem is a perfect place for me to do that."
"I know from speaking to players who have played there that the site is great," said Murray. "Good facilities for practice, gym, the weather will be good from what I've seen. It's another step for me in the comeback and we'll see how it goes. Hopefully I can have a good run."

“We’re thrilled that Andy Murray is joining the playing field for next week’s Winston-Salem Open,” Winston-Salem Open Tournament Director Bill Oakes said.  “Andy remains one of the fiercest competitors in tennis.  Our playing field for this year’s tournament is phenomenal, and we look forward to seeing exciting fans beginning at qualifying rounds tomorrow.”

Tickets to the Winston-Salem Open are available online at WinstonSalemOpen.com/Tickets.   

The 2019 Winston-Salem Open will be held August 17 through 24 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex adjacent to BB&T Field.   The official Winston-Salem Open app is available to download now in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. For more information on how to download the app, please visit WinstonSalemOpen.com. 

 

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