Andy Murray is given a wild card for the prestigious Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati… with the Scot having tasted success twice at the tournament at Novak Djokovic’s expense
- The event will be the ideal build-up for the start of the US Open on August 30
- Andy Murray pulled out of the men’s singles at the Olympics with a calf strain
- He reached the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles alongside Joe Salisbury
- Murray has won the Cincinnati title twice – beating Novak Djokovic in both finals
Andy Murray has been given a wild card for the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati later this month.
The 34-year-old pulled out of the singles at the Tokyo Olympics after sustaining a minor calf strain and said he would need to take a break, but the injury will not keep him sidelined for long, with the Ohio tournament beginning on August 14.
It will be the first Masters-level event the Scot has played in since the same tournament last year – which was held in New York because of the coronavirus pandemic – when he defeated Alexander Zverev to reach the third round.
Andy Murray last played a singles match on July 2 when he lost in the Wimbledon last 32
Murray and Joe Salisbury exited the Olympic men’s doubles at the quarter-final stage
Murray’s last Masters-level event was also at Cincinnati last year as he beat Alexander Zverev
Murray, the champion in Cincinnati in 2008 and 2011, was able to play doubles in Tokyo and headed home hugely disappointed after a quarter-final exit alongside Joe Salisbury.
He had been positive about his fitness prior to sustaining the thigh problem and will hope to be able to spend a lot of time on court building up to the US Open, which begins on August 30.
Murray’s last singles match saw him lose to Denis Shapovalov in the third round of Wimbledon on July 2.
The 34-year-old has been given a wild card to the Ohio event that he first won back in 2008
He then followed that up by securing another final win at the event over Novak Djokovic in 2011
The two-time Wimbledon’s champion won his first Cincinnati and Masters title as a 21-year-old by beating Novak Djokovic 7-6, 7-6.
He then beat the Serb again to take the trophy after the current world No 1 retired as he trailed 6-4, 3-0.
Murray also reached the final in 2016, but was beaten by Marin Cilic in straight sets.