Aug 18, 2016

    Del Potro deserves US Open wild card: Murray


    ANDY Murray endorsed

    the decision of the US Open to award a wild card

    to Juan Martin del Potro

    on Tuesday.

    The player had given the Scot a severe weekend test in the Olympic tennis final.

    "You give wild cards

    to deserving players," the Rio gold medallist said

    as he prepared to take

    his place as top seed

    at the Cincinnati Masters.

    "Juan Martin deserves

    to be in the slams.

    "If he had not been injured (wrist operations), he'd be comfortably seeded.

    "He deserves that

    wild card for sure.

    "He draws good crowds and will be an asset to the tournament for sure," he said of Argentina's silver medallist and 2009 US Open champion.

    Double Olympic winner Murray took the opportunity to lightly scold his fellow players - some of whom skipped the Olympics due to scheduling problems or perceived fears

    of the Zika virus.

    "Every Olympics I've been to, I've loved it,"

    said the world number two.

    "I've had amazing experiences.

    "Unfortunately, some players did not see it

    that way.

    "I hope they regret the decision not to go and hopefully next time we have a good turnout again - like we had in London (2012).

    "Perhaps the event should be just a few days longer, that would have helped.

    "Fans would have enjoyed watching major men's players in the mixed doubles, that doesn't happen anywhere else.

    "Once every four years, it's huge for tennis to be a part of the Olympics. It's a great event to showcase our sport to the whole world."