Former world No. 1 Andy Murray has been awarded a wild card into Sydney. Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, is set to make his Sydney debut at the age of 34. Murray kicked off his season this week at the Melbourne Summer Set.
Unfortunately for Murray, he didn't start the season on the way he was hoping he would. Murray received a favorable draw but he suffered an upset loss to Facundo Bagnis in the first round. “In the beginning it was a pleasure to play against Andy and right now to beat him is amazing.
I'm really happy,” Bagnis said after the match. “Actually, every point in the match had amazing shots today… Yesterday, I came to see the stadium, to see it all around because the atmosphere is different when you play on any court outside… I enjoyed it a lot.
It was so good for me”.
Murray will be hoping to bounce back in Sydney
Murray made it clear before the season started that he wants to enjoy himself and make some good results in 2022. "I just want to get the most out of what I can, whilst I'm still able to do it,” Murray told Eurosport.
“I've spoken to many ex-players that have said, ‘When it's gone, nothing will replace it. So enjoy it whilst you're able to, play as long as you can’. Because I know a lot of players have stopped and kind of regret it when they could have kept going”.
Also, Murray is set to make his first appearance at the Australian Open since 2019. "Haven’t been back to Melbourne @AustralianOpen for 3 years but it always amazes me the improvements @TennisAustralia make to the event year on year.
Easily the best facilities on tour. Gyms, recovery areas, dining, transport all improved even during Covid," Murray tweeted.