Murray takes up Madrid Open wildcard

Murray takes up Madrid Open wildcard

Andy Murray will play at the Madrid Open next week after changing his mind about skipping the clay-court season and accepting a tournament wildcard.

Murray, 34, is a two-time winner in the Spanish capital, including victory over Spanish great Rafael Nadal in 2015.

The Scot, who lost to world number two Daniil Medvedev in Miami last month, could also play in Rome.

However, he is expected to then focus on Wimbledon preparations rather than the French Open, which begins in May.

The former world number one had initially decided to bypass the clay-court season because of the toll it takes on his body.

But he has been practising on clay in Florida with Ivan Lendl, and may even play in Rome the week after Madrid.

Murray has come to the conclusion that two months without competitive action would hinder his chances on the grass come June.

The Madrid Open begins on 26 April.

Last year’s tournament was won by Alexander Zverev, who beat Matteo Berrettini in the final.

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