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Controversy over ‘wild card’ at Matua Madrid Open: “Business interests prevail”

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The organization has selected only one Spaniard (Carlos Gimeno) out of nine invited for the Madrid tournament to be held from 26 April to 8 May.

Naomi Osaka.@MutuaMadridOpen

Spanish tennis players expressed their grievances and dismay following the decision of the Mutua Madrid Open, the Masters 1000 and the WTA 1000 category tournaments, which take place from 26 April to 8 May, not to attend the requests of national players (men only). One in the box, none in the ladies).

Organizers announced that the ‘wild card’ would be for Andy Murray, Carlos Gimeno, Lucas Poyle and Jack Draperin male box, and for Naomi Osaka, Linda Fruvirtova, Monica Puig, Marta Kostyuk and Qinwen ZhengIn feminine.

The decision has provoked complaints from several Spanish tennis players, who described in a statement on the social network that they found it “astonishing, as well as very disappointing, that the biggest tennis event in Spain shows little such support.” (or none) in invitations to Spanish tennis players, especially in the main draw”.

“We do not understand that the Promotion Company and the tournament owners have met the criteria for justifying these invitations. We understand that some of them give them at their discretion, but not all of them have predominant business interests and completely abandon the path adopted in previous years., We have had many tennis players who have been left at the door of not being able to participate and who have been ignored in their requests to receive invitations,” he lamented.

In this sense, he recalled that other tournaments in “the same category” show “extremely greater support” for local players, citing the example of Rome, which has extended its first invitation to “all” Italian tennis players.

“We are confident that the main sponsors of the tournament, including Madrid City Council, Mutua Madrília and Spanish companies (as well as Spanish sports federations and most of the national spectators) want to support national tennis and They invest in this tournament with the intention of helping our sport and hope to see the largest possible Spanish presenceSo we imagine they share our disappointment and we hope they express it as well.”

This note was not specifically signed by anyone, but It was posted on their social networks by players such as Fernando Verdasco, Carlos Taberner, Bernab Zapata, Pablo Andjar, Roberto Carbols, Nuria Parijas and Aliona Bolsova.,

In addition, the current number three in the world, Paula Badosaalso expressed disappointment. “It’s a big opportunity for everyone, and it’s a shame that the only tournament we have at this level, it happens… We have to give our tennis players the opportunity to move on…”, he added. In his official account stressed ‘Twitter’.

“It’s very sad to see things like this happen for Spanish tennis. When there are so many possibilities on top of it… A year ago I entered the tournament for ‘Wild Card’ and I made one of the best tournaments of my career, A tournament I will never forget thanks to an invitation,” said Catalan, who was a semifinalist in 2021.

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