ROTTERDAM, February 19, 2021 (Press Release)
Alexander Zverev and Andy Murray have been awarded a wildcard for the 48th ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. With Zverev, the total number of top 10 players that come into action in Rotterdam comes to six. Thanks to Murray, the number of former winners appearing at the start is three. The tournament will be held from 1 to 7 March.
Tournament director Richard Krajicek: “We already had a fantastic field, but this is a bonus of course. With six players from the global top 10, Nadal, Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Rublev, Berrettini and now Zverev, we have a stronger field than ever before. Andy Murray is also the third former winner of the tournament after Gael Monfils and Stan Wawrinka to take action.”
Welcome back Andy! The last wildcard is for 2009 champion and former number 1 of the world @Andy_Murray, who will make his return to Rotterdam for the first time since 2015. #atptour #andymurray #wildcard #abnamrowtt #tennis pic.twitter.com/TZBSJfUVvz
— ABN AMRO WTT (@abnamrowtt) February 19, 2021
A+ Wildcard for Zverev
The number 7 in the world receives the so-called A+ wildcard. This is a wildcard that can be assigned last-minute to a select group of players by ATP 500 tournaments.
Krajicek: “We have already had contact before the Australian Open. Zverev has been a regular guest for a number of years and indicated that he would like to return after a two-year absence. Because of the Australian Open, he wanted to wait. After his place in the final at the US Open 2020, we were happy to keep a spot for him.”
Zverev in Rotterdam
Alexander Zverev could already be seen in action in Rotterdam from 2015 to 2018. Like many young top talents, he received a wild card with his first two participations. In 2016 he achieved his best result with a quarter-final place.
Murray champion in 2009 Andy Murray won the title in Rotterdam during his participation in 2009. The former number 1 in the world and winner of three Grand Slam titles defeated Rafael Nadal in the final. Most recently he was in Rotterdam in 2015.
Richard Krajicek: “Andy is of course on his way back from a lingering injury. We would like to offer him the opportunity to take another step in his comeback. With his honors list and his unique performances at Wimbledon, among others, he is one of the audience’s favorites. ”