People.com Entertainment Sports Andy Murray Gets Wildcard Entry to Miami Open: 'I Want to Get Back Playing a Sport I Love' The British tennis star last played in the Miami Open in 2016, before undergoing hip surgery and taking time off the court By Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble is a Senior Digital News Editor and the Sports Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She's worked at PEOPLE for over seven years as a writer, reporter and editor across our Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams, covering everything from the Super Bowl to the Met Gala. She's been nominated for the ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30, and previously wrote for Us Weekly while on staff at Wenner Media. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 15, 2021 10:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Andy Murray. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Andy Murray is going to Miami. The 33-year-old British tennis star will get a wildcard entry to the 2021 Miami Open, which starts March 24 and runs through April 4 in Florida. Murray tells PEOPLE he's ready to "win matches" after falling to Andrey Rublev at the Rotterdam Open earlier this month. "It's a city I love, and I've spent a lot of time here over the last 15 years, I feel comfortable," Murray says of Miami. "But over the next few months, I want to play matches — especially against the top players — work on my game and climb the rankings. I want to get back playing a sport I love." Murray last competed in the Miami Open, which will be held at the Hard Rock Stadium, in 2016, and previously won the tournament in both 2009 and 2013. Andy Murray Says He Couldn't Bear to Watch Australian Open, Unfollowed Tennis Stars to Avoid It In 2019, the dad of four underwent hip resurfacing surgery and only played in four singles tournaments last year as his recovery continued following bone bruising near the site of his operation. The 2020 ATP Tour was also impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Andy Murray playing in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Vadim Ghirda/AP "The last few years has been really hard," Murray admits to PEOPLE. "After the operation, there were no guarantees I would play again, but I've been working very hard on my conditioning and over the last few months I've felt the best I have for years. I'll need to be mindful of my schedule moving forward but I'm excited to be back competing — with a metal hip." The "uncertainty," he says has been the most difficult aspect of his recovery. Facing "plenty of setbacks" on his journey back to the circuit this year, Murray says, "I just had to refocus for every step and to keep believing." RELATED VIDEO: Serena Williams Emotionally Leaves Australian Open Press Conference After Loss: 'Not an Ideal Outcome' Murray — who, throughout his career, has won 46 career ATP singles titles — says he's "really enjoying being back on the tour and competing" overall, and knows it "will just take time to find some rhythm and get my confidence back." "But every match feels like progress and I'm learning from each one," he tells PEOPLE. Surprise! Tennis Star Andy Murray and Wife Kim Welcome Their Fourth Baby The Miami Open is open to a limited number of fans this year. Fans can find ticket availability at MiamiOpen.com, or catch all the action from home, live on Tennis Channel. Check your local listings for details.