British tennis player Cameron Norrie has come to the defense of Andy Murray, saying the former world No. 1 absolutely deserved to be awarded a wildcard into the French Open. Murray, now ranked at No. 111 in the world, didn't impress at the French Open as he won only a total of six games in his first round clash against three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka After the match, Eurosport tennis expert and former seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander called out the Briton.
"Yeah, I definitely think he deserves it. He got given it for a reason. I mean, he's such a legend of the game. He wants to be playing. He definitely deserves it," Norrie said, per Sky Sports. "I didn't see what he (Wilander) said.
I mean, you would think Andy deserves a wild card here."
Norrie acknowledged that Murray made the French Open final in 2016
"He's obviously played here for a number of years and done very well here. He's still loving the tennis, he wants to compete, keep pushing for more.
I respect that and love that about Andy. "He doesn't really care about what anyone else is thinking. He just wants to play. He's loving the game, loves competing. He gives everything. He definitely deserved it."
After a brutal Wawrinka loss, Wilander said, as quoted on Eurosport: "I worry about Andy Murray. "I would love to hear him say why he is out there, giving us a false sense of hope that he is 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 made 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? "I was 26 when I first retired, came back at 28, played until 32 and there was a couple of years I played and should not have taken up the space where there were younger, more motivated players who were better than me.
"It’s tough to quit, for sure. By giving us all hope by playing, it’s just not right. "I love the fact that he is back and trying. Hopefully he’ll figure out why he’s doing it."