Former world No. 1 Andy Murray says he doesn’t feel bad at all about receiving a ton of wild cards over the last few months as he feels he has deserved them with what he has achieved in the game.
Murray, now ranked at No. 121 in the world, has been granted several wild cards after the US Open.
One of the tournaments that granted Murray a wild card was the Indian Wells Masters.
Murray is set to kick off his Indian Wells campaign against Adrian Mannarino.
“I’m grateful that they have given me the opportunity to play here,” Murray said, per Tennishead. “But do I feel bad about it? No, I don’t feel bad about it.
“After what I’ve gone through the last three, four years and what I’ve achieved for the game beforehand, I don’t feel like I need to justify the reasons for why I should get wild cards.”
Murray admits he would prefer to avoid entering tournament as a wild card
“I’d rather get in by right, obviously, but then I could also argue that for three years I was out injured when I would have rightfully been entered into all of these tournaments,” Murray continued.
“I would’ve been ranked at the top of the game and would’ve been getting into all of these tournaments so (other) players would have obviously had the opportunity to take that spot for the last three seasons or whatever.”
Murray has had two major hip surgeries since 2017 and since then he hasn’t made a deep Grand Slam run.
“In my opinion, for him (Murray) to win best of five set matches, seven times, over a fortnight with a metal hip is a step too far,” former British No. 1 Tim Henman told talkSPORT.
“I say that also knowing that he loves to prove people wrong and I’d be delighted if he proved me wrong.”