‘Andy Murray has earned the precise to play tennis!’ – Legend tackles Mats Wilander over feedback
Former coach Ivan Lendl has instructed Mats Wilander that he disagrees with the feedback the Swede made about Andy Murray on the French Open.
Murray misplaced to Stan Wawrinka in poor vogue within the first spherical at Roland Garros, prompting Wilander to say Murray ought to ‘cease taking wildcards from youthful gamers.’
Nevertheless, Lendl, who coached Murray earlier in his profession, says he doesn’t see it that manner in any respect, and asserts that he has earned the precise to play tennis.
“Properly, I don’t I don’t essentially would name it emotion,” Lendl instructed Mats Wilander on the Eurosport Tennis Legends Podcast. “I might name it ardour.
“And I do know you bought criticised so much for saying that and so they shouldn’t be taking wild playing cards and go away it to the younger gamers and I disagree.
“I feel gamers like Andy Murray or Pete Sampras, earlier than he received his final US Open, all people was asking me, shouldn’t Pete Sampras retire? And I mentioned, ‘Pete Sampras has earned the precise to retire when he desires to retire.’
“Let’s go slightly bit again within the historical past of untamed playing cards. The wild playing cards normally got to the sponsors to get engaging gamers for the event.
“It turned considerably in direction of younger gamers, which is ok as nicely. However it’s nowhere written that it must be a younger participant, not any person older.
“To me, Andy Murray has earned the precise to play when he desires to play, so long as he has ardour for it.
“I’m not in contact a lot with a textual content exchanged right here and there. And I do the identical factor with Jamie Delgado. And I do consider from little bits and items I’ve that Andy has the eagerness.
“What occurred on the French I feel was not regular. One thing else occurred and I don’t know what it was, however I feel Andy has the eagerness.
“I feel Andy is making an attempt to show that he can come again after critical hip surgical procedure. And all I can say is all of us ought to be pulling for him and need him the very best.”