Former world No. 1 Andy Murray has accepted a wild card into the Stockholm Open, the tournament organizers announced on Thursday. Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, is set to make his Stockholm debut at the age of 34.
Murray, now ranked at No. 156 in the world, has received 14 wild cards this season, according to Jose Morgado. Recently, Murray defended himself over getting into tournaments via wild cards as he insisted he deserved all of those wild cards.
"I’m grateful that they have given me the opportunity to play here,” Murray said earlier this month. "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 'amazed' by what he is doing
Murray has had two major hip surgeries since 2017 but still he managed to win Antwerp in 2019 and he also pushed world No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas into a five-set yet at this past US Open.
“It has been amazing that I have been able to even get back and be playing," Murray said. "Some of the results I have had, some will go ‘Oh he’s not winning enough against top players or he should be doing better’.
But I shouldn’t be doing better than what I am with the situation with my body and what I have been through. “I don’t think there are many players who would be able to compete with the top five players with a metal hip.
I am proud of myself for putting myself in a position to compete with those guys. But ultimately if I want to get back to somewhere close to the level I was at before I need to be winning those matches”.