Andy Murray reached the Roland Garros final in 2016 but is now ranked 110th.© AFP
Former world number one Andy Murray, Who struggled with fitness after radical hip surgery, was handed a wild card on Monday for the French Open, which starts on September 27. The 33-year-old Scotsman reached the 2016 Roland Garros final, but now sits 110th. The world as he attempts to rebuild his career. Murray lost to Canadian Felix Auger-Alsime in the second round of the recent US Open Where he was also given a wild card. After his defeat, he said that he was happy with how his metal hip was copied in his first Grand Slam since the 2019 Australian Open, when there was talk of him retiring.
Former world number five Eugenie Bouchard, A semifinalist and former Wimbledon runner-up in Paris six years ago, was given an invitation after reaching the final of the WTA event in Istanbul, his first final for four years.
Meanwhile, the clay-court king of Spain Rafael Nadal called for caution with the French Open set to be played in front of the audience on Monday Later this month despite coronovirus concerns.
Nadal, who will bid for the 13th French Open title in Paris, will compete this week on clay in Rome for the first time in six months due to an epidemic.
The 34-year-old asked reporters about the French Open, “I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know what the situation is like in Roland Garros.”
“Let’s see how the virus develops over the next few weeks. Hopefully, that’s a good way. It doesn’t look like that, no! See.”
“We need to be patient and wait to see how the situation will improve.”
World No 2 could win Roger Federer’s 20 Grand Slam titles if he wins in Paris.
The French Open, which was pushed back from May to the beginning of September 27, can host 11,500 spectators per day.
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