Former world No. 1 Andy Murray is feeling great health-wise and he is looking forward to competing at the Tokyo Olympics. Murray, now ranked at No. 104 in the world, has had two hip surgeries since 2017. Murray's best days are past him but still he doesn't want to retire as he still loves the game and competing.
"There’s been difficult moments obviously in the last few months and the last year with the injuries and stuff,” Murray said, as quoted on Tennishead. “But right now this is the healthiest I’ve been for the longest period in the last year”.
Murray set for his fourth Olympic appearance
Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, made his Olympic debut at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and now he is set for his fourth consecutive Olympic appearance. Murray won his first gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics and he captured back-to-back gold medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Now, Murray is hoping to make a deep run at the Tokyo Olympics and potentially capture his third consecutive gold medal. "The Olympics mean a huge amount to me and it’s a massive honour to be able to compete at a fourth Games in Tokyo.
Leading Team GB at the opening ceremony in Rio was one of the highlights of my career and winning in 2012 on home ground was an incredible moment," Murray wrote in a contribution post for the Olympics website. "Going to a second Olympics as defending champion is exciting and I am looking forward to the challenge.
The Games are the biggest competition in the world and as athletes we train hard for moments like this. Tokyo 2020 in 2021 is unique, falling during the pandemic and we have seen incredible resilience from athletes, fans and all those involved in making this happen."
Murray was drawn to meet Felix Auger-Aliassime in his opener at the Tokyo Olympics. In his last tournament played, Murray made the Wimbledon third round.