Emil Ruusuvori, Elias Ymer join Andy Murray in receiving Stockholm wild cards



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Emil Ruusuvori, Elias Ymer join Andy Murray in receiving Stockholm wild cards

Rising Finnish star Emil Ruusuvori and home favorite Elias Ymer have received wild cards into the Stockholm Open, per Michal Samulski. Ruusuvuori, 22, is set to make his Stockholm debut next week. On the other side, Ymer is expected to play in Stockholm for the sixth time in his career.

Ymer suffered back-to-back Stockholm first round exits in 2014 and 2016, before making back-to-back round-of-16 at the tournament in 2017 and 2018. In his last appearance at the tournament -- in 2019 -- Ymer again picked up a first round loss at the tournament.

Ymer will certainly be determined to put on a strong run and achieve his best Stockholm result this year.

Ruusuvuori, Ymer join Andy Murray

The firat Stockholm wild card went to former world No. 1 Andy Murray. Murray received a total of 14 wild cards this season and he was recently asked if he felt bad about receiving so many wild cards.

“I’m grateful that they have given me the opportunity to play here,” Murray said in Indian Wells. "But do I feel bad about it? No, I don’t feel bad about it. “After what I’ve gone through the last three, four years and what I’ve achieved for the game beforehand, I don’t feel like I need to justify the reasons for why I should get wild cards." Murray is now ranked at No.

144 in the world his ranking isn't good enough for him to make the cuts for ATP events. “I’d rather get in by right, obviously, but then I could also argue that for three years I was out injured when I would have rightfully been entered into all of these tournaments," Murray continued.

“I would’ve been ranked at the top of the game and would’ve been getting into all of these tournaments so (other) players would have obviously had the opportunity to take that spot for the last three seasons or whatever."