UPDATE: Murray withdrew on Dec. 31, citing the risks/challenges of international COVID travel. Earlier this week, countryman Dan Evans also pulled out.
Good news for the Delray Beach tournament – and for Andy Murray.
The comebacking Scot has taken a wild card into the Delray Beach Open, to start his 2021 season.
Murray, currently ranked No. 122, also is going to need a wild card to get into the Australian Open main draw.
But you wouldn’t think that’s a problem.
He’s also not entered in either of the 250-level ATP Tour events the week before the Australian Open.
Before hip surgeries and the pandemic threw everything into chaos, Murray normally would have a pre-season training block in Miami before heading back home for the Christmas holiday.
In some way, perhaps arriving in the U.S. and training in Florida heading up to this event will serve the same purpose.
Delray skeds Raonic, Isner and Murray
The Delray Beach event is always great – and too rare, on the tour – in scheduling marquee players ahead of time.
That gives the fans, even the limited number this year, an opportunity to know what they’re buying.
The mid-week start means those marquee matches take place over the weekend. The final is scheduled for Wednesday.
Murray might not truly appreciate the “ENG” rather than the “GBR” next to his name. But that’s being picky.
Raonic also plans to play doubles, with veteran Treat Huey.