Murray Receives China Open Wild Card; Looks to Win First Title in Beijing
DATE: 2014.09.12

  The China Open Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that world No. 11 Andy Murray has been given a wild card into the 2014 China Open.


  The British star will join Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the world respectively, as part of a star-studded list of players heading to Beijing. Also joining them will be Marin Cilic, who claimed his first career Grand Slam trophy at the US Open less than a week ago.


  The 2014 China Open will be held at the National Tennis Center in Beijing and the men's competition will run from September 27 to October 5.


  Murray was welcomed warmly during his first appearance at China Open in 2010. Four years later he is eager to return to Beijing. As one of the Big Four, Murray will attract a lot of attention from the media and his legion of supporters.


  Andy Murray said: "I'm excited to announce that I will play in the China Open.  I have some great memories of playing tennis in China over the years, I love the country and there are plenty of passionate fans here who enjoy their tennis, so I’m looking forward to competing."


  Murray's list of accomplishments over the course of his career is lengthy. Since he turned pro in 2005, he has won 28 ATP World Tour titles and has achieved a career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world. At the 2012 London Olympic Games, Murray defeated Roger Federer to win his first Olympic gold medal. He then followed that up with his first Grand Slam title at the US Open the same year. In 2013, Murray won Wimbledon and became the first British player since Fred Perry to win the men's singles title.


  All of these results have made Murray a global superstar on Tour, and his popularity and influence continues to rise.


  Murray will have a lot of motivation to try and win China Open this year. After losing in the quarter-finals during his maiden visit, he will want to make sure he can improve on that result. As well, Murray is in need of points if he wants to appear in the ATP World Tour Finals. He is currently ranked No. 11 but is only 400 points away from No. 7-ranked David Ferrer. Murray missed the season ending tournament for the first time last year due to injury but has always been the most anticipated star since the Finals moved to London in 2009.


  The British hero will be going all out to claim his first China Open title, which should be good enough to also help him qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals.