Andy Murray has underlined the importance of continuing to capitalize on Emma Raducanu’s success following last weekend’s announcement of a £ 22million government investment in public tennis courts.
“It’s very positive,” Murray said at his pre-tournament press conference at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. “I knew it [the Lawn Tennis Association] went to the government to try to get money to rehabilitate many grounds in the park. I recorded a little video for it. It’s good for tennis anyway if the government supports this. I spoke about the importance of capitalizing on the success of what Emma has done and will likely do in the future.
Throughout his career, Murray has criticized the failure of the same organizations to consolidate his own success, speaking regularly on the state of public courts across the country. “There are some areas where we can do with maybe a few more indoor courts, certainly in Scotland,” he said. “A lot of these public courts are in pretty bad shape from what I’ve seen. I saw an article online a few weeks ago about some park grounds where the grass grew knee deep. Obviously, this is something that needs to be done and something to invest in – and hopefully that will make tennis more accessible to people. “
Murray also congratulated the ATP on the completion of its safeguard review, as the organization announced an investigation into the domestic violence allegations against Alexander Zverev by his ex-girlfriend, Olga Sharypova. Murray had previously criticized ATP’s failure to respond to the allegations when they were first made. Zverev has repeatedly denied all allegations made against him.
“You have to try to look at the positives of what’s coming out of this and that, yes it took a little too long, but now there is going to be a process in place and a possible protocol based on the allegations that have been made. done. So I consider this a positive step, although it probably should have happened sooner. The investigation is ongoing now and now that it is unfolding, I don’t feel comfortable commenting on it until it has taken its course.
Zverev later gave his first public response to the ATP internal investigation. “Bloody at last, to be honest,” he said. “I’ve been putting them on myself for months now. I ask them to do it from London last year, because it is very difficult for me, as you know, to erase my name, and only with something like this that I can completely.
In his first game at Indian Wells since 2017, Murray faces world number 51 Adrian Mannarino of France and the winner will face 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz in the second round.
Since his five-set loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open, Murray has reached the quarter-finals of an ATP 250 in Metz and the second round in San Diego. In both events, he lost against the future champion: world n ° 13 Hubert Hurkacz in Metz and world n ° 10 Casper Ruud in San Diego.
Heather Watson’s campaign in Indian Wells ended in the first round. The No.2 Briton won the first set against American Sloane Stephens but slipped to a 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-1 loss.