Madrid Masters CEO and President Gerard Tsobanian did not appreciate Fernando Verdasco’s comments after the wild card selection was announced. Two weeks ago, the Madrid organizers announced the recipients of the wildcards.
On the men’s side, three of the four wildcards went to non-Spanish players. On the women’s side, not a single main draw wild card has been awarded to a Spanish player.
After seeing the recipients of the Madrid wildcards, Verdasco went to social networks and described this situation as unacceptable. Verdasco said giving wildcards to non-Spanish players makes no sense and that local tournaments should support local players.
Verdasco, a former world number 7, is now ranked outside the top 100. He had hoped to receive a wild card from Madrid, but the tournament has announced Andy Murray, Jack Draper, Lucas Pouille and Carlos Gimeno as wild card winners.
Tsobanian: Verdasco’s behavior is a bit exaggerated
Verdasco made a first big mistake by confusing tournaments that belong to a federation, like Rome or Bercy, and tournaments that belong to a private company.
Tournament owners have the right to dispose of wild cards as they see fit. In the past, with Tiriac, we have always respected the Spaniards, and Verdasco also had Madrid’s wild card four times.
He had his chances, he was respected. I think his behavior is a bit exaggerated,” Tsobanian told L’Equipe, as revealed by We Love Tennis.
Last week, Verdasco participated in the Estoril tournament. After one of his wins, Verdasco was asked to explain why he was furious with the wild card selection in Miadrid.
Verdasco said that Pouille is a great guy and his friend, but added that giving him a wild card for Madrid makes no sense. Furthermore, Verdasco added that there is no chance that he will ever receive a wild card for the Paris Masters.
Verdasco made his debut in Madrid in 2002 and has been one of the most regular attendees in the Spanish capital for the last two decades. Verdasco is absent from the Madrid main draw for the first time since 2002.