Former world number one tennis player Andy Murray has been handed a difficult draw for the upcoming Bordeaux Challenger tournament. The tournament, which takes place ahead of the 2023 French Open, will see Murray face off against tough competition as he aims to regain his form after a string of injuries.
Furthermore, Murray, who is currently ranked 103rd in the world. He will face off against several higher-ranked players in the tournament. Including 22-year-old Argentine Juan Manuel Cerundolo, who is ranked 59th in the world.
Meanwhile, 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has declined a wild card invitation to the Bordeaux Challenger. Citing the need to rest and recover ahead of the French Open. Moreover, Nadal, who has won the French Open a record 13 times, is currently ranked third in the world.
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Additionally, the decision by Nadal to skip the tournament has disappointed fans who were hoping to see the Spanish superstar in action. However, his absence may provide an opportunity for up-and-coming players to make their mark in the lead-up to the French Open.
The Bordeaux Challenger tournament. Which runs from May 15-21, and is seen as an important warm-up event for the French Open. Which begins on May 28. With the likes of Murray and Cerundolo in the draw, fans can expect some exciting matches in the coming days.