Andy Murray slammed for taking French Open wildcard by Mats Wilander


Andy Murray crashed out in the first round at the French Open (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Mats Wilander has accused Andy Murray of ‘thinking of himself’ by taking the wildcard slots of younger players after his first round French Open defeat to Stan Wawrinka.

The Scot crashed out to the three-time Grand Slam champion with a demoralising 6-1 6-3 6-2 defeat, which was his joint worse loss at a major in terms of games won.

The 33-year-old is battling back from a career-threatening hip injury and the former world no.1 looked a shadow of his former self as he crashed out in the first round at Roland Garros for the first time since 2006.

Murray was awarded a wildcard to compete in Paris but Wilander believes he’s selfishly taking the places of younger players as he’s only ‘thinking of himself’.

Murray was handed a wildcard to compete in Paris (Photo by Martin Sidorjak/Getty Images)

‘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 going to come back one day,’ said Wilander.

‘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 did 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 couple of years I played and should not have taken up the space where there were younger, more motivated players who were better than what I was.

‘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’.

Murray managed to win just six games in the straight sets defeat in the French capital.

The Scot admits he was nowhere near his best against the Swiss but he’s hopeful he won’t have to face such an unfavourable draw in the remainder of the season.

‘It was a really tough draw and even if I played well there were no guarantees I would win that match,’ said Murray.

‘But I didn’t play well. I served less than 40 per cent, that’s just not good enough.

‘Over in the States I was getting frustrated in my matches, I was trying to try and keep my emotions in check on the court. ‘

‘I don’t know whether that affected me in any way or not, that’s probably why I was quieter than usual. I was trying to be calmer on the court.

‘I need to have a long hard think about it. It’s not the sort of match I would just brush aside and not think about it.’

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