Former world no. 1 and a three-time Major champion Andy Murray has taken the Delray Beach wild card, making a debut at this ATP 250 event on January 8 in a night session! The 29th edition of Delray Beach Open takes place at the Delray Beach Tennis Center between January 7-13, changing the calendar spot to host the first event of the season together with Antalya.
The tournament moved to the current location from Coral Springs in 1999, with Lleyton Hewitt as the first champion 21 years ago. Tommy Haas, Kei Nishikori (won his first title there in 2008 at 18), Mardy Fish, Juan Martin del Potro, Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic, Ivo Karlovic, Sam Querrey, Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe have all won the Delray Beach title, with four champions returning to seek another trophy.
Andy will battle against Milos Raonic, Cristian Garin, John Isner, Daniel Evans, Hubert Hurkacz, Reilly Opelka, Kei Nishikori and Sam Querrey, hoping for a strong start of the season after leaving injuries behind. The 33-year-old Glasgow native played two matches at the Battle of the Brits in Roehampton recently, defeating the British top-ranked singles competitors Daniel Evans and Cameron Norrie to gain confidence ahead of the new year.
The Briton will try to make an impression in Delray Beach and secure the Australian Open wild card, eager to play on the big scene after numerous setbacks in the previous four years. Murray is currently ranked 122nd after making no progress in the last 12 months, winning the first ATP title since Dubai 2017 in Antwerp last year but failing to repeat that ever since.
Andy Murray will kick off the new season in Delray Beach.
At the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid in November, Murray suffered a pelvic injury that sidelined him from the court at the beginning of 2020. Andy received the Cincinnati wild card in August for a late start of the season, scoring great wins over Frances Tiafoe and Alexander Zverev (the German served for the win at 5-4 in the decider) before hitting an exit door against Milos Raonic.
At the US Open, Andy produced one of his remarkable comebacks against Yoshihito Nishioka from two sets to love down, earning his last victory of the season. Murray experienced early losses at Roland Garros to Stan Wawrinka and Fernando Verdasco in Cologne to finish the official season, working on the practice court in recent weeks and looking good in the last test encounters of the year before taking the Delray Beach trip.
Murray claimed nine ATP titles in 2016 to wrap up the year as the year-end no. 1 player ahead of Novak Djokovic, struggling with a hip injury in the upcoming years and never finding that form again.