Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal has been given a singles wildcard entry for the Australian Open 2021. Sumit and Wang Xiyu of China will compete in the main draw after being named recipients of the tournament’s Asia-Pacific wildcards.
Sumit and Wang have joined Daria Gavrilova, Astra Sharma, Christopher O’Connell, Maddison Inglis, Lizette Cabrera, and Marc Polmans, who was announced as Australian Open 2021 main-draw wildcards prior to Christmas.
“I am very thankful to all the people who put effort in helping me get a wild card for the 2021 Australian Open. Thanks to Tennis Australia for all their effort to make this slam possible in these circumstances,” Nagal tweeted.
I am very thankful to all the people who put effort in helping me get a wild card for the 2021 Australian Open
Thanks to Tennis Australia for all their effort to make this slam possible in this circumstances pic.twitter.com/1Sbv8tVVyD
— Sumit Nagal (@nagalsumit) December 27, 2020
Former world number one Andy Murray has received a wild-card entry into the mega event. Murray is one of eight main draw wildcard recipients to be announced, joining Aussies Thanasi Kokkinakis (SA), Alex Bolt (SA), Aleksandar Vukic (NSW), Destanee Aiava (Vic), and Arina Rodionova (Vic).
“We welcome Andy back to Melbourne with open arms. As a five-time finalist he has been an integral part of so many amazing matches and storylines in the recent history of the Australian Open,” said Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley in an official statement.
“His retirement was an emotional moment and seeing him come back, having undergone major surgery and built himself back up to get onto the tour again, will be a highlight of AO 2021,” he added.The mega-event will take place at Melbourne Park from February 8-21 and will feature singles, doubles, and wheelchair competitions.