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ATP back Murray over withdrawal row

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 13:06

Murray was due to be top seed in Marseille but has as he continues to recover from his efforts at the Australian Open, with tournament director Jean-Francois Caujolle denying he called for Murray to be suspended for missing the tournament for the second year in succession.

And the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) have confirmed they would not have been inclined to do so anyway, with a statement saying: “The ATP has a clear structure in place with regard to player commitment and strict measures to discourage withdrawals. We understand a situation like this can be frustrating for a tournament but, in this case, Andy followed the procedures for withdrawal and did not break any rules.”

Caujolle had been quoted in a national newspaper calling for Murray’s suspension but told Sky Sports News: “I never said that he should be suspended, but it’s true I was really disappointed because he was my top player.

“There is a responsibility for the credibility of all the game when it’s a top player. Sometimes you have to force yourself and be responsible.

“I understand he’s quite young and it’s not a huge tournament but it’s quite disappointing and we had the same last year.

“Last year he played in Rotterdam and was a bit injured and I understand that. He sent me an email saying next year I will play.

“I understand everything but the fact is it’s going to affect the tournament.

“I think the top seed and marquee player…they have to not pull out because all the promotion is framed around them.

“There should be something but the ATP is working on that, it’s not the fault of the ATP or even Andy. It’s just life.”

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