Andy Murray has once again managed to thrill all tennis fans at the Australian Open 2023. The former world number one was stopped in the third round, but won two incredible matches against Matteo Berrettini and Thanasi Kokkinakis.
The latter, in particular, became the third match in tennis history to end after four in the morning (04:06, ed.) and the second longest in the history of the Australian Open. Down two sets and a break down, the Scotsman found a way to rise up and win the break in a match that lasted five hours and 45 minutes and ended 4-6, (4) 6-7, 7-6( 5) , 6-3, 7-5.
Murray will return to the courts at the ATP 500 tournament in Dubai; an event in which he will participate thanks to a wild card. The decision by the organizers of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships has sparked much discussion and has reignited the debate over the invitations Murray received last season.
The 35-year-old from Glasgow has joined Tommy Haas with 53 wild cards and is currently the tennis player who has been able to take advantage of this mechanism the most times in the history of the ATP Tour. “Playing in Dubai brings back positive memories, not just related to the 2017 final,” Murray said.
“My level of play and my condition are growing, I am convinced that the tournament will give me another great opportunity to continue climbing the rankings.” Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice President and CEO of the title sponsor of the tournament, commented on the choice: “Everyone knows how important Murray is to British tennis.
As we have seen in his previous seven appearances in our tournament, he always attracts a lot of passionate fans. We are very happy that he has accepted our invitation again.” Along with Andy Murray, the tournament also has two historical figures such as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal on its entry list.
The Serbian is already training in Marbella, Spain, with his mind set on this tournament, hoping for a miracle that will allow him to play in the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami.
Andy Murray has received a wildcard to play Dubai
Andy Murray has received a wildcard to play the ATP 500 Dubai Open.
“Coming back to Dubai brings with it a lot of good memories, not least 2017 and the final with Fernando,” he said. “My form is improving and my game is getting better, so the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships provides another great opportunity for me to continue to climb back up the rankings,” the 35-year-old said.