“When I need an invitation to Madrid more, they give it to a Frenchman”

MASTERS in Madrid starts in two days, and for the first time in almost two decades, Fernando Verdasco will not be there. The former seventh player in the world, who currently occupies the 118th position on the ATP list, did not receive a special invitation from the organizers and did not hide his disappointment and anger because of that.

VERDASKO ANGRY AT THE SPANISH: When I need an invitation to Madrid, they give it to a Frenchman

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Of the four special invitations, one went to the Spanish tennis player, the 290th player in the world, Carlos Jimeno-Valero. The other three were won by the British Andy Murray and Jack Draper, and the Frenchman Luka Puy.

– This is my city, I have been the best tennis player in Madrid for 17 years and they do not give me a wild card when I needed it the most, and they give it to the 500th in the world and to a Frenchman (Luca Puja). Puj is my friend, but it doesn’t make sense, as if I get an invitation to Bercy instead of him – Verdasco is surprised in the message he shared on social networks.

It is interesting that in the women’s part of the draw, out of five invitations, none of them were won by the tennis players.

– All other tournaments of this rank largely support domestic players. The Masters in Rome are played a week after Madrid, and the Italians have already distributed the first five invitations, and all of them were won by home players. It is amazing and frustrating that the biggest tennis event in Spain does not support domestic tennis players. They put commercial interests ahead of national ones – Verdasco said.

As many of Verdasco’s followers marked Andy Murray on this message, the former number 1 reacted, defending himself by saying that he had the right to accept the offered wild card.

– Every tournament can give a wild card to anyone. Being British does not give me a greater right to receive an invitation to Wimbledon. Holger Rune deserves no less for Madrid than any Spanish player – Murray answered.

Verdasco replied that he had no problem with the caller he had received.

– Andy, of course you shouldn’t turn her down. You are among those who deserve it the most, good luck in the tournament! – Verdasco told the former number one and finally added that he would be satisfied if he received an invitation for qualifications.

Verdasco is currently at the tournament in Estoril, where he is playing well and has reached the quarterfinals.

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