Jamie Murray has unleashed a brutal public critique of French Open organisers for their treatment of players, specifically those contesting the doubles.
Murray, a seven-time Grand Slam doubles champion, has taken to twitter to air his views after it was announced that prize money was being reduced, with doubles players getting the brunt of the cuts.
This comes after the French Open moved the date of this years event, without player consultation, to allow spectators to attend following a COVID 19 spike in Paris.
The delay has had a knock on effect with some long-running tournaments having to be cancelled and players now have less grass preparation before Wimbledon.
It also follows the backlash that the French Open organisers received last year for rescheduling the 2020 event, again without player consultation, which resulted in players having to change schedules at short notice and play in unusually cold conditions.
Taking to twitter to vent his frustrations, Murray tweeted: “On top of twice moving their event dates to suit themselves, the FFT continues their “we don’t give a ****” mentality by cutting the doubles prize fund by 23%,” he said in the tweet.
Thanks for actively supporting all players across the tour. 🤗
Ps. Your official hotel for doubles players is absolute toilet. 🚽
Pps. Thanks for allowing us the opportunity to bring one team member to support us during the event. 👨❤️👨 👍 (2/2)
— Jamie Murray (@jamie_murray) May 25, 2021
Although players have accepted cuts in prize money throughout the pandemic due to low or zero crowd numbers, what does appear to be unfair is the disparity between that of singles and doubles prize monies.
While doubles players will see a 23% reduction, the singles total prize pool has been cut by less than 10% compared to 2020.
But Murray’s criticism’s don’t stop there, as he also went on to call the doubles players hotel a ‘toilet’ and complain about the fact that they are only allowed to bring one team member for support.
The French Open will take place May 30 – June 13 with Wimbledon starting just two weeks later on June 28.
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