‘Andy Murray deserves French Open wildcard,’ says tournament director
Andy Murray has entered the qualifying rounds for the French Open, though tournament director Guy Forget said the former World No 1 is deserving of a wildcard in Paris.
The three-time Grand Slam champion, who recently entered the doubles with Liam Broady in Rome, has fallen to 123rd in the ATP rankings due to injury, though Forget is confident Murray could still beat ‘half of the players in the draw’.
“I know that Andy entered the qualifying (rounds), I know he’s practising right now in Rome, I saw him play some games and sets with Novak Djokovic,” Forget told reporters.
“Andy is a great player, he sure deserves one [a wildcard]. It is a discussion we have to have with him and our team. We want to see him in good shape, I hope he feels well.
“He hasn’t played any matches yet, which is obviously what any player wants to do before committing to a big tournament, especially when you are going to play the best-of-five sets.”
Andy Murray missed out on the Australian Open earlier this year after contracting Covid-19 and has played only eight matches so far this year.
“It’s the French Open’s decision what they want to do,” Murray said.
“I’d love the opportunity to play there but I also respect they have lots of good players, lots of players ranked between 120 and 160. I haven’t been fit for the last three or four months.”
The wildcard spots for Roland Garros have not been yet been distributed, while the qualifying rounds are set to begin on May 24.