Tokyo Olympics: Andy Murray says profitable a medal in Tokyo could be best achievement of his profession

Andy Murray is a part of a six-strong Workforce GB tennis squad in Tokyo; defending OIympics males’s singles champion faces Felix Auger-Aliassime in powerful first-round encounter and has set objective of profitable a medal

Final Up to date: 22/07/21 9:13am

Andy Murray has gained back-to-back singles gold medals in London and Rio

Two-time defending champion Andy Murray says profitable a medal on the Tokyo Olympics could be the best achievement of his profession.

Murray is representing Workforce GB at his fourth Olympics and can play ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime from Canada within the first spherical of the boys’s singles.

The 34-year-old gained consecutive matches at Grand Slam degree for the primary time in 4 years on his Wimbledon singles return final month, earlier than he misplaced to eventual semi-finalist Denis Shapovalov.

“That is the objective, to attempt to win one other medal. I am conscious that it is not going to be straightforward,” Murray stated forward of the match beginning on Saturday.

“I am additionally in a barely totally different place to what I used to be 5 years in the past once I would have been anticipated to get one. That is perhaps not the case this time round.

“However for me it could be most likely my greatest achievement if I might try this after every little thing that is gone on the previous couple of years.

“I am motivated for that purpose alone. I nonetheless imagine that I can try this. I do know this could possibly be the final one for me. I wish to go on the market and go away every little thing out on the court docket, battle for each single level.”

Murray questioned whether or not his efforts to return to the highest of the game following his bodily struggles in recent times had been value it after his third-round exit at Wimbledon earlier this month.

Nonetheless, the Scot, who has 4 kids aged 5 and beneath, says a chat together with his daughter helped him reassess his preliminary downbeat evaluation.

“Once I acquired dwelling the day after my match, my daughter stated to me, ‘Daddy you are dwelling since you misplaced one other tennis match’. I stated to her, ‘Sure I did however what do you do whenever you lose at one thing?’

“And she or he stated, ‘You try to strive once more’. And I used to be like, ‘Sure, that is what I wish to do’. I wish to maintain taking part in as a result of I get pleasure from it. I nonetheless assume I can play at a excessive degree.

“There’s been tough moments clearly in the previous couple of months and the final 12 months with the accidents and stuff however proper now that is the healthiest I have been for the longest interval within the final 12 months.”

Andy Murray reveals how he has tried to prepare for the heat and humidity ahead of the defence of his Olympics men's singles title in Tokyo

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Andy Murray reveals how he has tried to organize for the warmth and humidity forward of the defence of his Olympics males’s singles title in Tokyo

Andy Murray reveals how he has tried to organize for the warmth and humidity forward of the defence of his Olympics males’s singles title in Tokyo

The three-time Grand Slam singles champion may also companion Joe Salisbury within the males’s doubles, with second-seeded French pair Pierre Hugues-Herbert and Nicolas Mahut their first-round opponents.

Murray is a part of a six-strong Workforce GB tennis squad with Heather Watson and Liam Broady, the final man into the draw, taking part in towards Anna-Lena Friedsam and Francisco Cerundolo respectively.

Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski will play Argentinian duo Andres Molteni and Horacio Zeballos within the males’s doubles.

World No 1 Novak Djokovic will tackle Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien within the first spherical as he bids to develop into the primary man in historical past to win a Golden Slam of all 4 Grand Slam titles and Olympic singles gold in the identical 12 months.

In the meantime, fellow Wimbledon singles champion Ashleigh Barty will open her marketing campaign towards Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo, whereas Naomi Osaka will meet China’s Zheng Saisai in her first match since withdrawing from the French Open, citing issues about her psychological well being.

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