Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has revealed that his daughter talked him out of retirement following his Wimbledon exit. Murray, a former world No. 1, beat Nikoloz Basilashvili and Oscar Otte at Wimbledon before losing to Denis Shapovalov in the third round.
Murray, now ranked at No. 104 in the world, stood no chance against Shapovalov as the Canadian won 6-4 6-2 6-2. “I was very disappointed after Wimbledon. With each major tournament that passes… and when you’re getting asked questions a lot it’s always about my future and stuff, so naturally from that and the fact I’d not performed as well as I’d like to, you question things and doubt yourself a little bit," Murray said, per the London Evening Standard.
“But when I got home the day after my match my daughter said to me ‘Daddy, you’re home because you lost another tennis match’ and I said to her, ‘yeah I did, what do you do if you lose?’ and she said ‘you try and try again’.
“And I was like yeah, that’s what I want to do. I want to keep playing because I enjoy it and think I can still play at a high level. “There’s been difficult moments in last few months and year with injuries but right now this is the healthiest I’ve been in the longest period.
I’m getting better and improving and hopefully that stays that way until the end of the year”.
Murray handed a tough opener at the Tokyo Olympics
Murray, a back-to-back gold medal winner, was drawn to meet Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Tokyo Olympics first round.
In the doubles event, Murray and Joe Salisbury were drawn to meet Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut. Murray, who won the London Olympics and Rio de Janeiro Olympics, is aware that at this year's Olympics he is not among the top favorites to win it all.
“It’s not going to be easy and in a slightly different position to four or five years ago when I would have been expected to get one and that’s maybe not the case this time around,” Murray said.