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Murray, Pironkova, Bouchard given Roland-Garros wildcards

Former world No 1 Andy Murray and US Open quarter-finalist Tsvetana Pironkova will play at Roland-Garros this month after they were handed wildcards on Monday.

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Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray was the biggest name in the list of wildcards released by the French Tennis Federation on Monday for this year’s Roland-Garros, which takes place from September 27-October 11, having moved from May-June because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Ranked 110 as he continues to make his way back from the hip surgery that saved his career in January 2019, Murray, the runner-up at Roland-Garros in 2016, will go straight into the main draw, alongside seven other wildcard recipients.

Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova, who reached the quarter-finals in New York in her first tournament back after three years out and having her first child, was given a wildcard into the women’s event, having already shot up to No 156 in the rankings following her US Open run. The 33-year-old was a quarter-finalist in Paris in 2016.

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, who reached the semi-finals in Paris in 2014, is rewarded for reaching last week’s final in Istanbul with a wildcard but former world No 1 Kim Clijsters is not playing in Paris, having decided to take a few weeks off as she continues her second comeback, at the age of 37.

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