Great Britain’s only real medal hope Andy Murray has shared that he had watched Usain Bolt making history at the Beijing Olympics after he was upset in the first round of his tennis event four years ago but he hopes that this time he would spend more time on the tennis court.
Murray also stated that he had met a number of elite athletes last time, which he and his girl friend had enjoyed a lot. They had also watches a couple of other sports events like boxing and badminton.
In an interview on Wednesday, the Brit was asked it has any plans to enjoy witnessing other sports than tennis. He responded, “I don’t have any tickets. I'll watch as much as I can. At the last Olympics, I got to see the boxing and the badminton. But that was because I lost early in the singles so I had some time to do that. I hope that's not the case this time.”
The British number one added, “I remember in Beijing watching Usain Bolt and seeing what he did there – it was pretty amazing, how far he won by and what he did throughout the Games. I met (eventer) William Fox-Pitt – my girlfriend was very happy about that, she loves horses. I also met Anthony Joshua, a super-heavyweight boxer, so for me that was cool, we chatted a bit about boxing.”
Murray was stunned by Chinese Taipei’s low ranked player Yen-Hsun Lu in the first round of the singles event at the Beijing Olympics. He partnered his brother in the doubles category but there was no success there too as they lost in the second round.
The 25-year-old added, “We also sat among the handball team. For me it wasn't specific people that I wanted to seek out and meet, it was just nice speaking to all sorts of different athletes from all of the sports.”
Murray, who has last all the four Grand Slam finals he has played so far, will try to get lucky this time in front of his home crowd. He would also be hoping to erase the sorrow of his Wimbledon final loss at the hand of Roger Federer by winning the Olympics Gold.
However, he will have a huge challenge as it is expected that he would have to beat both Federer and Novak Djokovic to clinch the title.