Madrid Masters CEO and President Gerard Tsobanian wasn't thrilled with the comments Fernando Verdasco made after wildcard selection was announced. Two weeks ago, the Madrid organizers announced wildcard recipients. On the men's, three of the four wildcards went to non-Spanish players.
On the women's side, not a single main draw wildcard was granted to a Spanish player. After seeing Madrid wildcard recipients, Verdasco took to social media and called it unacceptable. Verdasco argued that giving Madrid wildcard to non-Spanish players makes no sense and that local tournaments need to support local players.
Verdasco, a former world No. 7, is now ranked outside the top-100. Verdasco was hoping to receive a Madrid wildcard but the tournament announced Andy Murray, Jack Draper, Lucas Pouille and Carlos Gimeno as wildcard recipients.
Tsobanian: Verdasco's behavior is a bit exaggerated
“Verdasco is making a first big mistake by confusing tournaments that belong to a federation, like Rome or Bercy, and tournaments that belong to a private company.
Tournament owners have the right to dispose of the wildcards as they see fit. In the past, with Tiriac, we always respected the Spaniards, besides Verdasco had four times the wild card for Madrid. He had his chances, he was respected.
His behavior is a bit exaggerated, I think," Tsobanian told L'Equipe, as revealed on We Love Tennis. Last week, Verdasco competed in Estoril. After one of his wins, Verdasco was asked to explain why he was furious with Miadrid wildcard selection.
Verdasco said that Pouille is a great guy and his friend but added that giving him a Madrid wildcard makes no sense. Also, Verdasco added there is no chance he would ever receive a wildcard into the Paris Masters. Verdasco made his Madrid debut in 2002 debut and he has been one of the most regular Madrid participants over the last two decades. Verdasco is missing in a Madrid main draw for the first time since 2002.