By Matthew Lewis, Contributing Reporter
DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA – Andy Murray, a 46-time winner on the ATP Tour who has been ranked No. 1 in the world, was awarded a wild card for the season-opening Delray Beach Open that will take place January 4-13th. Murray will make his tournament debut during Session 8, which takes place Friday night, January 8th.
Murray is the 11th current or former World No. 1 to compete in the event. “I am looking forward to starting the 2021 season in Delray Beach.” Murray said. “This event will be a good test for me and I’m excited to be back playing on the tour.”
Murray has won his 46 ATP titles from 68 finals during his career. Those tournament wins include being a two-time champion at both Wimbledon (2013, 2016) and the Olympics (2012, 2016). He was also the winner at the 2012 US Open and in 2016 at the ATP Finals, which was his ninth title of that season.
During his career, Murray has spent 41 weeks ranked as the World No. 1. At the end of January 2019, he underwent a hip resurfacing surgery. In June of that year, he returned to the Tour and immediately won the doubles title at Queen’s Club in London. He returned to singles action in August, and in October, won the title at Antwerp.
Tournament Director, Mark Baron, said “We are looking forward to Andy joining us for our season-opening tournament. He is a champion at every level and among the greatest fighters our sport has ever seen. It will be thrilling to see him play here.”
The three-time Major champion joins four former tournament winners – Reilly Opelka (2020), Frances Tiafoe (2018), Sam Querrey (2017) and Kei Nishikori (2008) – in the field. In addition to Murray’s, other headline matches have been announced, including Opelka beginning his title defense on Thursday night, January 7th.
The top-ranked American, John Isner, will headline the Saturday night session on January 9th, while Milos Raonic, who is projected to be the top seed, will play on Sunday afternoon, January 10th.
Murray will be the 11th of the 26 players to have ever held the ATP’s No. 1 ranking to play the Delray Beach Open, joining Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier, Lleyton Hewitt, Ivan Lendl, Carlos Moya, Pat Rafter, Marcelo Rios, Andy Roddick and Mats Wilander.
The 2021 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com will feature the ATP Champions Tour legends event January 4-6th, which will run concurrently with the ATP 250 qualifying matches on January 5-6th.
The main draw for the ATP 250 tournament, which will feature 28 players in singles and 16 teams in doubles, will begin Thursday, January 7th with two sessions each day until the finals are contested during a single session on Wednesday, January 13th.
All tickets for the “Physically Distanced, Forever Social” event at the historic downtown tennis center are on sale now at www.yellowtennisball.com or by phone at +1 561-330-6000.
In order to accommodate social distancing in the stadium and throughout the venue, attendance for each session at the 2021 tournament will be capped at 2,000 people, just under 25 percent of the outdoor stadium’s total capacity.
The City of Delray Beach has partnered with event organizers to offer 1,700 complimentary tickets as well. Vouchers are limited to one per person, per day, either for the day or evening session and are available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.