Defending champion Andy Murray awarded wild card into Antwerp



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Defending champion Andy Murray awarded wild card into Antwerp

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray has taken a wild card into Antwerp. Murray, now ranked at No. 113 in the world, is set to make his second appearance in Antwerp. Murray, 34, made his Antwerp debut in 2019. Back then, Murray produced a surprising campaign as he went on to win the title.

It was Murray's first and lone title since returning from two major hip surgeries. Antwerp was canceled last year as Murray will be the defending champion at the event this year.

Murray happy with his level

Murray pushed world No.

3 Stefanos Tsitsipas into a five-setter at the US Open before falling just short. "I played a great match a the US Open. I am happy to see that my level of tennis is still there against the best players in the world," Murray said.

Murray was unhappy with the lengthy bathroom break Tsitsipas took after the fourth set and he unloaded on the Greek after the match. "Every single it was either -- well, before my serve as well. I think when he took the medical timeout, it was just after I had won the third set.

Also in the fourth set when I had Love-30, he chose to go -- I don't know if he changed his racquet or what he was doing," Murray said in his press conference. "But, yeah, it can't be coincidence that it's happening at those moments.

I don't believe it was causing him any issue at all. The match went on for another two and a bit hours after that or something. He was fine, moving great I thought. "Yeah, it's just disappointing because I thought it influenced the outcome of the match.

I'm not saying I necessarily win that match, for sure, but it had influence on what was happening after those two breaks. "I rate him a lot. I think he is a brilliant player. I think he is great for the game. But I have zero time for that stuff all, and I lost respect for him."