Rising Italian star Lorenzo Musetti has been awarded a wild card into Vienna. Musetti, 19, is set to make his main draw debut on the indoor-hard courts of Vienna. Musetti drew attention to himself earlier this year, when he made ATP semifinals in Acapulco and Lyon.
Musetti also made the French Open round-of-16, where he was up by two sets against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Musetti is now viewed as one of the more interesting prospects on the Tour and the Vienna organizers giving him a wild card should not come as a surprise.
Musetti praised by Jannik Sinner
Musetti last played at this week's ATP event in Antwerp, where he was beaten in the round-of-16 by fellow compatriot Sinner. "It's never easy playing against him... We never practise together, so it was kind of a new match," Sinner said in his on-court interview.
"He's an incredible player, very, very young. He's a very great talent, so I hope we will have a couple of more matches on the pro tour, and obviously I'm very happy about my level today." Musetti joins Andy Murray in Vienna as the former world No.
1 also received a wild card into the event. "In the next couple of weeks I look for results. Sport is results business, it doesn't really matter playing well if you don't win. Is better winning when you don't play your best.
I had tough draws, Vienna and Paris will be as well tough tournaments," Murray said. On Thursday, Murray lost to Diego Schwartzman in the Antwerp round-of-16. "Mentally, today [Thursday] I was poor. My attitude was poor on the court and those are two things you can control.
If they're not there, that also will make the decision-making harder," Murray said after the loss. "You're not going to get every single one [decision] right in the match, but you also have to be present enough to acknowledge what is actually happening in the points and why you are winning and losing points."