Martina Navratilova has a message for critics slagging Andy Murray for accepting wild playing cards: You are clueless.
Navratilova was requested the Murray wild card controversy throughout a convention name with the media to advertise Tennis Channel’s Miami Open protection. For the primary time in its virtually 18-year historical past, Tennis Channel would be the unique house of the Miami Open. The community’s telecast will take viewers from first ball March 23 to championship level April 4. Navratilova, a long-time TC analyst, shall be broadcasting on-site in Miami.
Following wild card Murray’s straight-sets loss to Stan Wawrinka on the 2020 Roland Garros some skeptics, together with Corridor of Famer Mats Wilander, prompt Murray is “egocentric” for taking wild playing cards when he is not the identical participant he as soon as was as a result of hip surgical procedure.
The 2-time Olympic gold-medal champion has acquired a wild card into this week’s Miami Open.
Navratilova says individuals criticizing Murray want a actuality test as a result of the previous world No. 1 has paid his dues to the game and has earned the fitting to take as many wild playing cards as he needs.
“Actually? You might have an issue with Andy Murray enjoying? Completely he has earned it,” Navratilova mentioned. “Do not inform me there is a wild card you’ll have given him is a greater participant than Andy Murray. He is earned it. He loves it. He is giving again to the sport as a lot as he is attempting to provide as a lot as he is gotten out of it. He clearly loves it. Why not? The place is the hurt?”
The Huge 3 have all withdrawn from Miami. Collectively, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have mixed to seize 10 of the final 15 Miami Open championships. Murray, John Isner, Andy Roddick and 2008 champ Nikolay Davydenko are the one males not named Djokovic or Federer who’ve lifted the Miami Open title trophy within the final 15 years.
Navratilova, who was criticized by some for accepting wild playing cards throughout her late-career comeback, mentioned gamers ought to earn wild playing cards and asserts Murray has clearly earned his.
“In terms of making room for the brand new ones, they should make room for themselves. Earn your approach there,” Navratilova mentioned. “He is earned his approach. He is paid the worth, paid the dues.
“I feel on the WTA Tour, the main winners get an computerized wild card in the event that they needed it. Males’s tour would not have that rule. Nonetheless simply earn your approach. You bought loads of time. Andy, he is had loads of time and Andy has put within the dues.”