Roland Garros Director Claims Andy Murray Deserves Wildcard Spot.
The director of the Roland Garros tournament, Guy Forget, has said that British Tennis superstar Andy Murray "deserves" a wildcard spot for the clay court Grand Slam that will begin later this month.
The former world No. 1 Murray has fallen to 123rd in the world rankings after series of long-term injury lay-offs because of hip surgeries but Forget said the Scot, a Roland Garros finalist in 2016, could beat "half of the people in the main 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," Forget continued.
Three=time grand slam winner Murray, 33, missed out on the Australian Open due to quarantine protocols after contracting COVID-19. He has played only eight matches this year after a groin injury ruled him out of the Miami Open in March.
The Scotsman is currently playing in the Italian Open. However, he only entered the doubles competition, paired with fellow Briton Liam Broady.
The Roland Garros director implied Murray needed to get more games under his belt before the tournament kicks off. "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."
Murray told the BBC that the wildcard decision rests in the hands of the French Open's planning committee. "It's the French Open's decision what they want to do. 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."