Andy Murray and Victoria Azarenka have received wild cards into Cincinnati, tournament organizers announced.
Both are former No. 1s and former champions at the event. Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, began his return from hip surgery at Queen's and Eastbourne but did not play Wimbledon. He is scheduled to play next week at Washington, and also took a wild card into Toronto.
Murray is currently ranked in the 800s.
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Azarenka had played a limited schedule since returning in 2017 from the birth of her first child but has been competing regularly since the start of the clay-court season. The two-time Grand Slam champion is ranked No. 108 and would also require a wild card for the US Open.
Stanislas Wawrinka, returning from knee surgery, has also requested a wild card for Cincinnati.
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