Former world number one Andy Murray received a wild card for the delayed Australian Open in February, delayed three weeks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 33-year-old Murray is a five-time runner-up in Melbourne, but feared that his last match at the tournament in 2019 would mark the end of his career due to chronic hip pain.
The injury brought him to the brink of retirement, but the three-time Grand Slam champion is struggling to extend his career after undergoing two hip surgeries.
The Scot’s 122 ranking is too low to directly qualify for the main draw at the Australian Open, which begins February 8, and he also accepted a wild card for the Delray Beach event early next month.
Murray played just seven tour-level games this year and returned to action in August following a persistent pelvic injury and the suspension of the tennis season.
“We welcome Andy back to Melbourne with open arms,” said Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley.
“His retirement was an emotional moment and seeing him come back, having undergone major surgery and recovering to go back on tour, will be a highlight of AO 2021.”