Andy Murray has taken a wild card into Delray Beach as the former No. 1 begins his 2021 season next month in Florida.
The Scot – who will also need a wild card entry to make it into the Australian Open draw in February due to his ranking of 122 – has never played the hardcourt tournament.
Delray, which is normally a February afterthought with a decidedly American field supplemented by European journeymen, seized a calendar opportunity with the details of the season a huge question mark due to COVID-19.
Organisers quickly jumped at the chance to stage their January 7-13 tournament in no-mask, anything-goes Florida, where the virus is particularly prevalent.
It remains to be seen how many Europeans will be inclined to make the trip to the world’s most COVID-afflicted country where precautions seem to be optional.
Murray managed just seven Tour matches during the shortened 2020 season as he struggles to return after his pair of hip surgeries dating to 2018.
Another foreign name in the Delray field include Japan’s Kei Nishikori, who is based in Florida. Also entered: Canadian Milos Raonic, France’s Adrian Mannarino and Brit Dan Evans.