Eleven years after having won the Open 13 Provence, Andy Murray will be back in Marseille in 2019
In 2008, Andy Murray lifted the Open 13 Provence Trophy. For his unique participation in the Marseille event, the Brit, 11th in the world at the time, had won the final by beating Mario Ancic of Croatia in the final.
Eleven years later, Murray, who then cancelled twice at the Open 13 Provence for personal reasons, will be back in Marseille in 2019. His career since has taken quite a turn with 3 Grand Slam titles, an Olympic gold medal, a win at the ATP finals and a year ending number 1 spot in 2016. He is in fact one of the 13 number 1 players having one day taken part in the Open 13 Provence. But in July 2017, just after a quarter final loss in Wimbledon, Murray was sidelined for 11 months due to a hip injury.
Jean-François Caujolle : « I felt a real desire to play Marseille »
The Scott has already put an end to his short 2018 season but is counting on the upcoming year to sling shot his career back into full speed. Those wheels will be in full motion at the Open 13 Provence, an event that Andy personally reached out to. « For me, says Jean-François Caujolle Open 13 Provence tournament director, the most important was to know whether or not he really wanted to play. On this type of player, the interest has to come from him. I was contacted by his agent who spoke to me about his schedule and told me that he wanted to play 2 indoor events in Europe. I felt that there was a sincere desire. It wasn't just the agent that was calling me to see if we were interested. No it is really Andy that wishes to play in Marseille.»
Once again, Jean-François Caujolle can boast on having put together an amazing field for his « ATP 250 ». « Many are telling me that I managed a feat. There would be only Murray, a player followed globally, a reference, I would say that it's not bad, because it is a real added value to have Andy on the start line of the 2019 tournament. But there is a real density amongst the players that have signed up. We have one of the most attractive fields in a log time. Maybe even the strongest ever. There is the young generation that I had « bet » on, with Coric, Edmund, Tsitsipas, Khachanov, Chung and Shapovalov. And we've seen the recent results of those players. There are the French players with Tsonga and Monfils that are real benchmarking players in terms of charisma. And there is Goffin and Wawrinka, that like Andy Murray are circuit monsters ! This conflict in between generations will most definitely result in an amazing tournament.