Andy Murray awarded wild card into Winston-Salem after Cincinnati exit

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Andy Murray awarded wild card into Winston-Salem after Cincinnati exit

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray and top-ranked British tennis player Dan Evans have been awarded wild cards into the Winston-Salem Open, per Michal Samulski. Murray, 34, is set to make his second appearance on the hard courts of Winston-Salem.

Murray made his Winston-Salem debut in 2019, when he lost to Tennys Sandgren in his opener at the tournament. On the other side, 31-year-old Evans is set to make his third Winston-Salem appearance. Evans picked up second round defeats at the tournament in 2016 and 2019.

Earlier, the Winston-Salem Open awarded wild cards to David Goffin and Pablo Carreno Busta.

Murray hoping to bounce back in Winston-Salem

Murray played at this week's Cincinnati Masters, where he beat Richard Gasquet before losing to Hubert Hurkacz.

"Playing against Murray is something special. I never had a chance to play a match against him [before]," Hurkacz said in his on-court interview. "He's such a great competitor. What he's done for the sport is really amazing. He's such a great player and a person.

It's a very big win for me." Murray recently dealt with a quad tear but decided to play Cincinnati. "I have never had any muscle injuries in my career, so I didn't really know what they felt like. It was a difficult one," Murray said during his pre-tournament interview in Cincinnati.

"It was hard and frustrating again to have to miss another big event. Granted, I got the opportunity in doubles and we were close to getting into the medal rounds. "We were potentially going to go to Canada, but just felt like maybe needed to have a few more days of rehab to make sure the quad was really fine and recovered before starting to play again.

"Here, I feel good again, but as I said earlier in the year, I can't say with any great certainty that I'm going to be feeling good for three, four months in a row."