‘I’ll need to take a break after the Olympics,’ admits Andy Murray

Andy Murray thinks he’ll be ‘physically okay’ for the rest of his Olympics doubles challenge but admits he’ll need to take a break after it.

Murray who is a double Olympic gold medalist entered Tokyo with the hope of defending his singles title and also competing in the doubles with partner Joe Salisbury.

However, the 34-year-old made the decision to withdraw from the singles tournament after a potential injury showed up on scans, choosing to focus on the partnership instead.

It follows a series of injuries and bad luck the former world number one has suffered since returning from major hip resurfacing surgery in 2019 including testing positive for coronavirus just before this year’s Australian Open.

But despite the caution, Murray and partner Salisbury have reached the Olympic quarter-finals and the three-time Grand Slam champion says the injury has not hindered him so far.

“It felt fine. It hasn’t really affected me at all in the two matches that I’ve played,” said Murray.

“It was very disappointing [to withdraw from singles] because I prepared well, was feeling good again and then just had something showing up on the scans that we weren’t too happy with.

“When we spoke about playing, I told Joe if I had any physical issues that I’d prioritise the doubles over singles – that’s why I made the decision to stick just with the doubles.”

Murray says no matter how far he goes in the Olympics, he’ll exercise caution before returning to singles and will take a break to make sure he’s fully recovered.

“I would have been annoyed with myself if I’d taken the decision to play with the issue that I had, made it worse, lost my singles and then not been able to perform well in the doubles.

“I think physically I’ll be okay for the rest of the tournament but I’ll need to take a break afterwards.”

Murray and Salisbury will next face Croatian duo Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig.

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