Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has received a wildcard into the US Open though he would have made the main draw cut regardless. Murray, ranked at No. 129 in the world, is set to make his 14th main draw appearance at Flushing Meadows and return to the event for the first time since 2018.
Murray, a former world No. 1, claimed his maiden Grand Slam in 2012 after beating 17-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in the US Open final. The US Open organizers handed eight wild cards for the men's event and Murray was the lone player outside the United States to have received a wildcard.
Brandon Nakashima, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Sebastian Korda, Ulises Blanch, Michael Mmoh, Maxime Cressy and J. J. Wolf also received a wildcard for the US Open. On the women's side, the US Open organizers granted former world No.
1 Kim Clijsters a wildcard into the tournament. Clijsters, who won back-to-back titles at the US Open in 2009 and 2010, hasn't played at the tournament since 2012. The remaining seven wild cards on the women's side went to Caroline Dolehide, Usue Arconada, Ann Li, CiCi Bellis, Francesca Di Lorenzo, Robin Montgomery and Whitney Osuigwe.
Murray set to play the Cincinnati Masters and US Open
Several days ago, the 33-year-old Briton received a wildcard into the Cincinnati Masters. Murray's plan from the start was to play the US Open and he was contemplating whether or not to take a wildcard into Cincinnati.
Murray has accepted to play in New York but a number of players have expressed their concerns over playing in the United States. "I have heard some of the top male players aren’t going to play. I would expect that would be the case.
It’s everyone’s personal decision. If they don’t feel safe, and don’t feel comfortable, traveling and going there and putting themselves and their team at an increased risk, then it’s completely understandable," Murray said last week at the Battle of the Brits.
"All of the players will have some reservations and it’s whether or not you feel comfortable taking that risk. "Like I said the other day, my feeling is once we are inside that bubble they created, we will be okay.
It’s more the international travel, and getting there which I will be a bit concerned about it." The US Open is scheduled to take place from August 31 - September 13.