The Madrid Open has announced its wildcard picks for the 2022 tournament with Japanese superstar Naomi Osaka, WTA teen sensation Linda Fruhvirtova and 2016 Olympic singles champion Monica Puig among them.
The news comes after it was also announced that former World No.1 Andy Murray has reversed his decision to skip the clay season and will return in Madrid after taking a wildcard there.
British youngster Jack Draper and 2019 Australian Open semi-finalist Lucas Pouille join Murray as wildcards in the men’s main draw, while former World No.1 Naomi Osaka and Ukrainian World No.52 Marta Kostyuk join the women’s main draw.
Puig is a notable inclusion, the Puerto Rican former World No.27 is currently without a WTA ranking, having not played competitively since Roland Garros 2020, sidelined by injury and taking up tennis broadcasting.
The Madrid Open is one of six of the combined ATP Masters 1000 and WTA 1000 events, where both men and women compete either concurrently or on overlapping schedules at the same event. Alexander Zverev is the defending ATP champion while Aryna Sabalenka is the defending champion on the WTA tour.