Andy Murray adds two more events to his schedule as his ATP Tour wildcard tally for 2021 moves to 14

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Andy Murray will feature in two more tournaments this year after the former world No 1 accepted wildcard entries for the Paris Masters and Stockholm Open.

The three-time Grand Slam winner has slumped to outside No 156 in the ATP Rankings which means he no longer receives direct entries into events.

However, he remains a major drawcard on the ATP Tour, hence wildcards are always forthcoming from tournament organisers.

After his defeat against Carlos Alcaraz at the Vienna Open, Murray admitted he was not too sure about his schedule for the remainder of the year, but he will be back in action next week after being handed a wildcard for the Paris Masters alongside French trio Richard Gasquet, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Arthur Rinderknech.

Murray is a former champion in Paris-Bercy as he won the ATP Masters 1000 event in 2016, beating John Isner in the final.

World No 1 Novak Djokovic, US Open champion Daniil Medvedev as well as Stefanos Tstitsipas and Alexander Zverev will be the leading contenders in France.

Murray will remain on tour after the Paris event as he has also accepted wildcard for the Stockholm Open the following week with Zverev, Casper Ruud, Hubert Hurkacz and Cameron Norrie all set to be in the draw.

The Stocholm Open is the 14th wildcard Murray has received on the ATP Tour this year with the US Open the only tournament in which he gained direct entry.

Following criticism about the wildcards he has received, Murray insisted ahead of the BNP Paribas Open that he “doesn’t need to justify it”.

“Obviously I’d rather get in by right. But I could also argue that the three years I was out injured, I would have rightfully been entered into all of these tournaments,” he said.

“I think, after what I’ve gone through the last three or four years and what I’d achieved in the game beforehand, I don’t feel like I need to justify the reasons for why I should get wildcards.

“The tournaments are obviously making those decisions, I don’t make the call. I’m very grateful they’ve given me the opportunity to play here again and to play in the other tournaments this year but do I feel bad about it? No, I don’t feel bad about it.”

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