Former British world number one Andy Murray will start his 2021 season at the Delray Beach Open next month after accepting a wild card for the ATP 250 tournament.
The Briton, who has dropped to 122nd spot in the standings, will join ATP tallest player and defending champion Reilly Opelka, American John Isner and Canadian Milos Raonic on the Florida field for the competition.
The tournament moved from its traditional February schedule and will now take place January 7-13. In that scheme of things, it will serve as part of preparations for the Australian Open Grand Slam, which in turn was delayed three weeks to Friday, February 8, due to COVID-19 health and safety measures.
After undergoing hip rejuvenation surgery in January last year, the three-time Grand Slam champion won again Antwerp when he defeated fellow three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka in the final in Antwerp seven months later, which It was his first title since Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship title in 2017.
However, complications with his hip caused the 33-year-old to miss most of the 2020 season. He also struggled to bounce back on his return after the forced breakup of COVID-19, capitulating to a loss in the second round. at the US Open and then falling in the first round at Roland Garros by none other than Wawrinka.
Their 2020 competitive game ended with a 6-4, 6-4 first-round loss by the bett1HULKS Indoors to Fernando Verdasco in Cologne. But ever since then, the knighted player has been preparing for the new season by participating in the LTA Battle of the Brits exhibition tournament.