Jamie Murray has blasted French Open organisers for treating doubles-only players as second class citizens as the clay-court major revs up for Sunday’s start of play.
The Scot, whose younger brother Andy is skipping Paris to try and work for a comeback on grass after two hip surgeries, laid out a laundry list of complaints.
High on the list of woe was the doubles player (free) hotel, which the elder Murray described as “an absolute toilet.”
The 35-year-old is also not well pleased with a prize money reduction and the one-week delay in starting the event, which was postponed due to French COVID conditions.
“’On top of twice moving their event dates to suit themselves the FFT continues their ‘we don’t give a **** mentality by cutting the doubles prize fund by 23%,” Murray posted on social media.
“‘Ps your official hotel for doubles players (Novotel near the Eiffel Tower) is an absolute toilet. PPs Thanks for allowing us the opportunity to bring (only) one team member to support us during the event.”
Murray is particularly incensed by the prize money cuts at an event where crowds will be strictly limited due to COVID restrictions in the capital with a 7 p.m. curfew in place.
The entire prize packet has been slashed by 10.53 per cent to EUR 34.3 million, Doubles has been hit hard, with first-round losers earning EUR 5,700 each.
Murray also seems annoyed that due to the unilateral date change, the period between the clay and grass seasons is reduced to two weeks instead of the new normal of three.