Miami Open: Simona Halep to play first match since doping ban, Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams also in action | Tennis News

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Andy Murray will face Matteo Berrettini in the first round on Wednesday, with the winner taking on Tomas Martin Etcheverry in the second round.

Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion and former No 1-ranked player now at No 61, announced earlier this month that he would like to hang up his racket after the Paris Olympics this summer.

Murray was last in action at Indian Wells, where he beat David Goffin in straight sets in the first round before losing out to fifth seed Andrey Rublev.

Simona Halep will face Paula Badosa as she makes her return to tennis following the reduction in length of her doping ban on Tuesday.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Halep has had her four-year suspension cut to nine months after a successful appeal and is now free to resume a career that has included 24 titles, including one each at the French Open and Wimbledon.

“To me it’s been 18 months of torture. I’ve always believed in her. I’ve always believed she would never deliberately or knowingly take anything that was wrong or banned,” Halep’s coach Darren Cahill told Sky Sports Tennis.

“That came through when they went to CAS [The Court of Arbitration for Sport] and the truth came out so I know she’s been through a tough moment and a tough period of 18 months and I’m super proud of the way she’s handled herself and the way that she’s carried herself throughout this entire time. I could not be happier to see her playing in Miami.”

The former world No 1 will face Badosa in the first round in Miami and if she comes through that, her next opponent will be current world No 2 and reigning Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka.

Katie Boulter returns to action in Miami

Britain’s Emma Raducanu was forced to pull out of her first-round match against China’s Wang Xiyu due to a lower back injury, but compatriot Katie Boulter – who won the San Diego Open earlier this month – was handed an opening-round bye as 24th seed.

Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams also play on a bumper first day of action which begins on Tuesday from 3pm UK timelive on Sky Sports Tennis.

Fresh from her Indian Wells triumph, world No 1 Iga Swiatek is the defending champion on the women’s side and Daniil Medvedev won last year’s event on the men’s side.

Who is playing?

Daniil Medvedev is the defending Miami Open men’s champion

Medvedev and Swiatek will headline the field, but one player who will not be heading to Florida is six-time champion Novak Djokovic.

He has played just three times this year – representing Serbia in the United Cup, reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open, and falling in just the third round of Indian Wells.

“At this stage of my career, I’m balancing my private and professional schedule,” Djokovic…

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