After an early exit in Monte Carlo and little match play in the last few months, Andy Murray has opted to take a wildcard into the Barcelona event which begins Monday.
“Having the world number 1 is a luxury and we now have the singles and doubles number 1´s (Henri Kontinen). It is the icing on a main draw that home fans will for sure value,” tournament director Albert Costa said.
It’s the fifth time Murray will play the event. He’s just 3-4 with his best result was a quarterfinal in his most recent appearance in 2012 losing to Milos Raonic.
While Murray entered, 2-time champion Kei Nishikori had to withdraw with a wrist injury.
“My right wrist, unfortunately, has not recovered enough to play this week,” Nishikori said. I will go with my team and work on getting back on the tour as quick as possible.”
Murray joins 9-time champion Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev in the draw. Murray will face either Dustin Brown or Bernard Tomic in his first match. He could meet Thiem or Albert Ramos in the semifinals.
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