Tennis News: Andy Murray has accepted a wild-card entry for the Australia Open, where he will play for the first time since 2019.
Andy Murray had a disappointing start to the new year when he was defeated in the first round of the Melbourne Summer Series by world No. 76 Facundo Bagnis.
The 34-year-old made a slew of errors in losing 6-3 5-7 6-3 to Bagnis, giving him plenty of work to do ahead of the Australian Open next month.
Murray had hoped to get a competitive start in 2022 after reaching the final of an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi in December and losing to Andrey Rublev.
However, those aspirations were dashed in a lacklustre performance that saw the Scot slam his racket into his seat in despair midway through the deciding set.
Bagnis, who has never advanced past the third round of a grand slam, claimed the first set, but Murray levelled the match with a strong second.
Murray, on the other hand, was plagued by a bad ball toss and a dismal second-serve %, allowing Bagnis to break Murray in the fifth game of the final set before serving out to win the match.
Murray has accepted a wild-card entry for the Australian Open, two years after predicting that his appearance in Melbourne would be his final due to looming hip surgery.
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