Andy Murray says Tokyo Olympics could be his last appearance at the Games after ‘shattering’ double defeat
Andy Murray says he was left ‘crushed’ after the defeat of his men’s doubles in Tokyo with Joe Salisbury… as he admits ‘s***ing’ and suggests it might have been his last Olympics in a heartfelt message to Team GB
Andy Murray has admitted feeling ‘crushed’ after being knocked out of the men’s doubles in Tokyo, but thanked Team GB in an emotional social media post with his Olympics future now uncertain.
Murray and his playing partner Joe Salisbury starred to reach the quarter-finals of the event, even leading Croatia’s opponents Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig with a set and a break before falling into a late heartbreak.
And now, just hours after the 4-6, 7-6, 10-7 defeat, superstar Murray has taken to Twitter to share his raw feelings, while also looking back on the striking Olympic memories of his illustrious career.
Andy Murray has been left ‘crushed’ after being knocked out in the men’s doubles at the Tokyo Olympics
“I feel crushed after today’s loss. Sport can be brutal,” Murray wrote. ‘Thank you so much @joesalisbury92 for the chance to play. You were brilliant. I wish it could have gone a little better, but something is happening.
“And as this is the end of my Olympic journey, I would like to say a huge thank you to Team GB and the entire tennis support team for all they have done to help me perform at my best over the years.
“It has been an absolute privilege to represent you and my country at four Olympics and it has given me some of the best memories of my life.”
Murray and Joe Salisbury’s collapse dumped them in the quarter-finals on Wednesday
Murray took to Twitter to write the heartfelt message and thank his playing partner Salisbury
Murray has also paid tribute to his support team, hinting that this may be his last ever Olympics
Murray withdrew from the men’s singles competition earlier this week to fully focus on his doubles bid with Salisbury, and for a while it looked like another good result was on the way.
However, they were brought crashing back to earth after Team Croatia broke Murray’s serve and then took the decisive tie-break.
That put an end to Murray’s hopes of a fourth Olympic medal, though he remains the only tennis player in history to have won consecutive gold medals. He also took silver with Laura Robson in London 2012.
It seems increasingly unlikely that Murray will take part in the Paris showpiece for a fifth time in three years, and the 34-year-old has admitted he wished the draw against Croatia ‘could have turned out differently’.
In the last eight, Murray and Salisbury had both hoped for a medal
“I don’t know if I’ll get a chance to play again,” he said. “I loved every minute I played in the Olympics.”
After the loss, the disappointment for Salisbury was also clear.
“It’s always hard when you lose games, but especially here, a chance to make it to the semi-finals and a chance to win a medal,” he said.
“And the situation we were in, we were a set and a break up and we played well, so it’s very difficult.”