Chris Evert ‘absolutely’ disagrees with Mats Wilander over Andy Murray wildcard attack
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Oct. 01, 2020
Chris Evert ‘absolutely’ disagrees with Mats Wilander’s assessment that Andy Murray is ‘thinking of himself’ by taking wildcard slots off younger players.
Wilander criticised Murray after his first-round French Open humbling at the hands of Stan Wawrinka, with the 33-year-old putting in a limp display as he went down 6-1 6-3 6-2 to his fellow three-time Grand Slam champion.
‘I worry about Andy Murray,’ Wilander, the seven-time major winner from Sweden, told Eurosport after the match. ‘I would love to hear him say why he is out there, giving us a false sense of hope that he going to come back one day.
‘I keep getting a little bit disappointed, is it his right to be out there doing that? Why? I did it and I shouldn’t have, it was the biggest mistake I did in my career.
‘I think Andy Murray needs to stop thinking of himself and start thinking about who he was. Does he have a right to be out there taking wildcards from the young players?’
But Evert, an 18-time Slam winner, believes Murray has ‘earned the right’ to take wildcards and is also convinced he will not keep taking them if he continues to put in performances as he did against Wawrinka.
Asked if she disagreed with Wilander’s assessment of Murray taking wildcards, Evert , who will be working for Eurosport throughout the tournament, replied: ‘Yeah, I do. I absolutely do. If you’ve won Grand Slams, you’ve earned the right to get wildcards.
‘ Andy Murray is a smart guy, he’s not going to be three years taking wildcards if he’s not winning matches.
‘He will know sooner or later if he takes wildcards and his game isn’t improving and he’s not getting deeper into tournaments, I have confidence in him that he’s going to let go.’
Evert is also uninterested in anyone but Murray – who has spent the last few years battling a troublesome hip – deciding when he hangs up his racquet.
‘ Andy Murray should retire when he wants to retire. Nobody should be telling him when to retire,’ added Evert.
‘He’s won so many tournaments, he’s been through so many hardships, adversity with his body. Clay is, to me, not his best surface and he unfortunately played Stan Wawrinka who could just totally overpower him.
‘But he’s just happy to be on the tour, happy to be healthy, happy to be without any injuries, happy to be around tennis and it’s going to take time for him, if he ever gets back to where he was, just to go up the rankings ladder.
‘Unfortunately the pandemic isn’t helping his tennis because he needs matches. I have tremendous respect for him, for his record.
‘Any champion, you could say the same thing about Venus Williams or anyone who has won Grand Slams, they are entitled to retire on their own terms and I don’t think anybody should be critical of that.’
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