Mats Wilander has attempted to dampen the criticism that came his way following his controversial comments about Andy Murray at the French Open.
Following Murray’s first round exit to Stan Wawrinka, Wilander said Murray ‘should stop taking wildcards away from young players’ and consider retiring instead.
A flurry of criticism for the Swede followed, with Murray himself responding with dismay on his social media accounts, but he says he is always ‘pulling’ for Murray and his comments were borne of frustration.
“I got in a little bit of trouble here during the French Open with Andy Murray,” Wilander said to Ivan Lendl on the Eurosport Tennis Legends podcast.
“He lost to Stan Wawrinka in the first round. And I was watching it and commentated on it for Eurosport. And I thought we saw an Andy Murray that wasn’t that excited.
“He got beaten pretty easily. He wasn’t excited. He wasn’t angry. We all worked really hard as well on the tennis court, but not off the court.
“Andy Murray, he works this hard and he shows up at the French Open and he doesn’t show emotion.”
“I’m pulling for him 100 percent. He has deserved it. I think the interesting question is passion. Does Andy have the passion?
“I think he does. I am 100 percent sure. But are you supposed to show it every time you go on court?”
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