Andy Murray handed French Open wildcard



Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray has received a wild card into the French Open main draw.

Proceedings in Roland Garros will get under way on September 27 and the Scot will not have to worry about qualifying after being given a free pass into the first round.

The former world number one reached the final of the clay grand slam in 2016 before he required hip resurfacing surgery in 2019 to save his career.

Murray made the US Open second round last month but has not appeared at the French Open since he lost to Stan Wawrinka in a marathon five-set last-four encounter three years ago.

Between 2014 and 2017, the two-time Wimbledon champion qualified for the semi-finals at Roland Garros for four consecutive years but will enter the tournament without any competition practice on clay after he decided against playing at the Italian Open this week.

Murray is the only non-French player among the men’s wild cards while in the women’s singles, there are places for Eugenie Bouchard – a Wimbledon finalist in 2014 – and recent US Open quarter-finalist Tsvetana Pironkova.

Bouchard, who reached the French Open semi-finals in 2014, has been playing clay-court tournaments since the season restarted last month and she reached the final of the Istanbul Open where she lost in three sets on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Dan Evans suffered a first-round exit in the Italian Open after a hard-fought contest with Hubert Hurkacz.

The Great Britain number one was on his least favourite surface but showed plenty of battling spirit in a contest which lasted two hours and 28 minutes in Rome. Hurkacz clinched the first set before Evans levelled only to lose a tight decider as the Pole progressed 6-3 3-6 7-5.

Evans, who has limited experience on clay, will now head to Roland Garros for the French Open. Kyle Edmund is left to fly the flag for Briton in the men’s format of the Italian Open with his first-round tie against qualifier Marco Cecchinato set to take place on Tuesday.



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