Men’s world No.2 Andy Murray has expressed incredulity at the decision by racquet manufacturer Head to extend its contract with Maria Sharapova.
Head declared its intentions on Thursday despite Sharapova’s admission earlier this week that she tested positive to a banned substance.
Several of Sharapova’s other sponsors – Nike, TAG Heuer and Porsche – have distanced themselves from the Russian since the story broke on Monday.
“I think it’s a strange stance given everything that’s happened the last few days,” said Murray, another player in Head’s stable.
“I don’t really know what else to say on that, but that’s not something I believe.
“I think at this stage it’s important really to get hold of the facts and let things play out, like more information coming out before making a decision to extend the contract like that, in my view.
“I personally wouldn’t have responded like that.”
Murray is the second seed at this fortnight’s BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, where he made his comments in a press conference.
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