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Andy Murray Denied Wild Card

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Andy Murray Denied Wild Card « on: October 05, 2005, 12:25 PM »

For the second time this year, Andy Murray has been denied a wild card to a major tournament and will have to qualify if he wants to enter.

Wildcards for the Madrid Masters have been handed to spanish players, Alberta Costa (102) and Fernando Verdasco (38). The third wild card will be given to one of the three players: Alberta Martin (ESP) (59), Nicolas Massu (CHI) (47) or James Blake (US) (33).

After coming off such a superb performance in Thailand it is disappointing for Andy Murray not to have been granted a place but, with the exception of Alberta Costa, the short-listed players are all ranked higher in the world and the decision should not be viewed as a snub.

Today Andy Murray will play his first match in the Ethias Trophy in Belgium. His opponent is the Swiss player, Ivo Heuberger (192).

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Andy Murray Denied Wild Card « Reply #1 on: October 05, 2005, 01:00 PM »

Gael Monfils also has a chance of getting the last wildcard, there is going to be a vote in a Spanish newspaper as to who gets it.
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Andy Murray Denied Wild Card « Reply #2 on: October 06, 2005, 12:39 AM »

Sorry but this report is incorrect.

Andy is already on the direct entry list for the Kolding Challenger that week so could not accept a wildcard even if it were given to him. Similarly he is not allowed to play qualifying for Madrid.

However, I'm sure they must have investigated whether a wildcard was a possibility prior to signing up for Kolding.

A player is not allowed to withdraw from one tournament to enter another if they are on the direct entry list. If they happen to be an alternate, they are allowed to change plans.
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