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
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
"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."