Caujolle denies Murray suspension comments
Originally published on: 26/02/10 13:06
Caujolle was quoted in the Daily Express as saying: “Murray did the same thing to me last year – he can’t know what it is to keep his word. The number one seed of a tournament should have a sense of responsibility. If he does not respect his commitments, he should be suspended by the ATP.”
However, Caujolle 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.”
He continued: “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.
“One week before, to phone and say I am not coming would have been good. In that case I could have found another player, not as good as Andy, but made an offer to Marin Cilic or someone – but it was too late.
“A few minutes later Juan Martin Del Potro pulled out with an injury, so I lost my top two players. 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.”
Murray was due to be top seed in Marseille but decided to pull out as he continues to recover from his efforts at the Australian Open, where he lost in the final to world number one Roger Federer.