“On Their Tail”: French Open Director Puts Andy Murray Behind Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer

Published 10/31/2021, 9:46 AM EDT
Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) hits a shot during his second round match against Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


Over the years, Andy Murray has been a prominent name in the men’s game, to say the least. The British player has been victim to injuries that have kept him away from the Tour for a lengthy period. However, he has been fighting his way to compete against the best players in the game at this moment. 

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After receiving a wild card at the Rolex Paris Masters 2021, Andy Murray was praised by French tennis administrator Guy Forget. He felt that, after the big three, the two-time Olympic gold medalist the next big thing in men’s tennis. 

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Murray has not won as many Grand Slam titles as the big three but he has certainly left his mark in the game. Taking note of Andy’s significance, Forget stated, “We talk about Rafa, Roger, and Novak. Of course, they won the majority of Grand Slams but Andy was right behind them on their tail. You know, Andy’s won a few. He won the Davis Cup, he’s been Number One in the world. He went through a series of surgeries on his hip and I don’t know who else could’ve done that.”

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Andy Murray deserved a wildcard 

Forget feels the Scot player has found a new level of form in recent days. After managing to knock off a top 10 player last week, Andy is heading in the right direction. Therefore, to have him in Paris will be a good story. 

Oct 12, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) reacts after missing a shot against Alexander Zverev (GER) during a third round match in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Frenchman added, “He not only won an ATP event and he’s beaten a top 10 player. He seems like a junior again when you saw his attitude and the way he handled the matches. He’s unbelievable and I think it is a nice story to write here in the Masters 1000 in Paris. So good luck Andy and we are very happy to have you here.”

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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