In an interview to The Herald Scotland, the former world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero backed Andy Murray to run the ATP Challenger event in Glasgow that takes place in September. The Spaniard said: “I don’t know exactly what you need here – but I will tell you what we have in Spain.
Good weather, good conditions, good academies, good coaches. And something more important than any of the things I just said is that we have a lot of tournaments like Futures, Challengers, a lot of opportunities for players to grow up in the sport when we are very young.
We have a lot of local tournaments when we turn 15, 16, 17 so that when you hit the age of 18,19 we have the experience to play Futures. I ran a tournament, 500 in Valencia, and now in my academy we have Challengers and that kind of thing would be great for Scotland.
What it is going to need is to have somebody who wants to make the tennis grow up and be better and better every day. Andy is maybe the best person out there who can do it. It is challenging of course because it was very different to what he is used to.
Of course, he needs the help of the federation, so kids don’t have to travel all the time to Europe to play tournaments. But it is good to start step by step, you can’t start with a Grand Slam if you have never had one. You need to start with challengers, futures, then you can try to build it up to 250, 500”.