Andy Murray takes wildcard into Cincinnati Masters



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Andy Murray takes wildcard into Cincinnati Masters

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray has been granted a wildcard into the Cincinnati Masters, per Michal Samulski. Murray, now ranked at No. 129 in the world, is set to make his 15th appearance at the Cincinnati Masters. Over the course of his career, the Briton has had success at the Cincinnati event, having won it all at the tournament twice.

The 33-year-old also ended runner-up at the event in 2016 and made the semifinal on two separate occasions. Three more players have received wild cards into Cincinnati as the organizers granted three local players a direct entry into the main draw.

Tennys Sandgren, who has made two quarterfinals at the Australian Open, was also handed a wildcard into the Cincinnati Masters. Former world No. 41 Sandgren failed to make it past the Cincinnati qualifying in each of the past two seasons but now he is set to make his main draw debut at the tournament.

Rising American stars Frances Tiafoe and Tommy Paul will also be featuring at the Cincinnati Masters this year after being granted a wildcard into the tournament. Tiafoe, ranked at No. 81 in the world, is set to make his fourth appearance at the Cincinnati event.

The 22-year-old's best result at the Cincinnati Masters came in 2017, when he made the round-of-16 in his debut at the tournament. Paul, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 57 in the world, made the round-of-16 in his Cincinnati debut in 2017 but since then he hasn't played at the tournament.

Murray now likely to play both Cincinnati and US Open

2012 US Open champion Murray recently confirmed he plans to play the US Open but added he was contemplating whether or not to take a wildcard into Cincinnati. "Yeah (I expect the US Open to go ahead as planned).

As it stands," Murray said a week ago. "We have to try and prepare that way, we were saying four or five weeks ago, you know, we were pretty sceptical about it but mentally at some stage you need to start preparing and planning for that.

"My training this week, for example, during the event next week, I’m planning to try and be there in shape for the US Open. "I’m not particularly keen on playing back-to-back weeks but it’s also kind of in a situation here where you’re potentially not getting to play in a proper tournament for like – well for a lot of the guys it’ll be five, six months but for me like 10 months since I last competed properly."