Madrid Masters 1000 approach. An important event of the season on clay, the Spanish tournament will be the first event of Rafael Nadal on the ground this season. Meanwhile, a controversy arose on Wednesday. The wildcards have been presented and surprised: Andy Murray he received a sesame. Curious because the Briton had announced that he would not play on clay. Maybe he has ants on his legs. Finally, sir Andy Murray therefore it will play Madrid. But not in Rome (Editor’s note: Musetti and Cobolli plus two play-off winners will be served). The initial idea was to zap the “French” to quickly resort to the grass season, their main goal. Finally, he will play against Madrid before going to the green surface. However, the Spaniards did not value the jokes.
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Lucas Pouille and Jack Draper also invited the contested IMG elections
Lucas Pouille is also invited. The northerner, whose agent he is Gerard Tsobanianin the organization chart of the tournament, He has never shone in Spain but will not shy away from the pleasure of playing in the event. Before you will have the opportunity to play and regain the rhythm Roland Garros where he will also ask for a wildcard. Keep in mind that young Englishmen Jack Draper is also invited. Finally, the Spanish Carlos Gimeno, At 20, he will have the opportunity to shine in his land. Inevitably, the Spaniards did not like to see Draper, Murray and Puglia. Fernando Verdasco and Pablo Andujar went crazy on the networks. In fact, the players with a contract with IMG, the new owner of the tournament, were privileged …
Andy Murray has performed at U-turn in his decision not to play on clay this year. He will hold a wildcard in Madrid and potentially also in Rome. Unlike playing in the French Open, however, he preferred to return to the UK soon for the turf season.
– Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) April 20, 2022
Furious Verdasco, Andujar and Taberner … Badosa supports them
“We are surprised, in addition to being very frustrating, that the biggest tennis event in Spain shows so little (or no) support for Spanish tennis players with the invitations granted, especially for the main teams.. Its commercial interests prevail over Spanish sport and are completely different from the trajectory followed in previous years. Considering any other tournament in the same category, support for local players is immensely greater. Without going any further, the tournament in Rome, which takes place the week after Madrid, has already announced its first five invitations and all of them are for Italian players “. we could read in the players’ press release. “It’s a huge opportunity for everyone, and it’s a shame that the only tournament we have at a level like this is happening … We have to give our tennis players opportunities to keep growing … “, he wrote Paula Badosa on Twitter, thanks for Verdasco.
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– Fernando Verdasco (@FerVerdasco) April 20, 2022
Murray: “The speed with which people forget about tennis is amazing”
Very active on social media Andy Murray so he reacted very quickly on Wednesday evening. “It’s amazing how quickly people forget about tennis. “, he wrote first. “We agree that no one deserves a wild card. We do not agree with invitations that are used specifically for local young talent. A lot of people share that view, I just don’t think it’s fair to all players who don’t come from countries that host events on the circuit. “. Finally, he continued: “Any tournament can give its wildcards to anyone. But just because I’m British doesn’t mean I “deserve” a Wimbledon wildcard more than anyone. Is Holger Rune less deserving than a local Spanish player?“It simply came to our notice then.
We agree that no one serves a wildcard. We just don’t agree that wildcards are used specifically for young local talent. A lot of people think that I don’t think it’s fair to all players who don’t come from countries that host tour-level events.
—Andy Murray (@andy_murray) April 21, 2022
Any tournament can give its wild cards to anyone. But just because I’m British shouldn’t make me more “deserving” of a wildcard than anyone for Wimbledon. Does Holger Rune make fewer serves than a local Spanish player?
—Andy Murray (@andy_murray) April 21, 2022
Verdasco responds personally to Murray
This Saturday, the Spaniard wanted to calm down Andy Murray. On his Twitter account, he made soothing comments about the British: “Of course, you don’t have to deny it. In my opinion, without a doubt, you are the one on the list that deserves the most wildcard in Madrid. Good luck with the tournament. ” The current 121st in the world could not help but add a brief phrase of frustration to conclude his answer: “PD. I would also have been more than happy to have the chance to play the playoffs!”.
@andy_murray Of course, you should not reject it. In my opinion, you are certainly on the list that deserves the most wildcard in Madrid. Good luck in the tournament ðŸ ‘ðŸ ¼
PS. I too would have been more than happy to have the opportunity to play in the standings! https://t.co/3LnTR7zqyU
– Fernando Verdasco (@FerVerdasco) April 22, 2022