In an interview to We Love Tennis the Moselle Open Tournament Director Julien Boutter spoke about two controversial players like Nick Kyrgios and Marat Safin. The Frenchman said: "There are many ways to speak about you now, generate buzz and what it means.
Either you get results on court or we pay the price through social media. Nick clearly chose his path and I have to say he is very talented and he is pretty creative." Asked if he would like to have him in Metz, Boutter replied: "What tournament director would not like to have him? He has become a real attraction for himself, especially how he stays on the court, he is inventive.
He has become a character, whether you like it or not. He is a clown, a player who gives real chances to the tournamentdirector in terms of communication and that gives a good popularity to your event." Asked if Kyrgios could be compared to Marat Safin, Boutter concluded: "Safin was the world No.
1, winning two Grand Slams. Marat was not really a bad guy, he was a strict person and that's why he sometimes went over the limits. But he did not lack of sportsmanship or make fun of his opponents. So it's true that he holds the record of broken rackets on tour, but that's a detail compared to the champion he was."
The St. Petersburg Open Tournament Director Alexander Medvedev spoke about Stan Wawrinka's withdrawal: "Yesterday morning Wawrinka called me and despite his desire to play with us, the leg has been hurting him for some days and he cannot fly.
We know how Stan loves this tournament. How he played the previous years. But, unfortunately, injuries... you cannot do anything about it. But he told us he will play next year."