Following a devastating quarter-final loss in men’s doubles alongside Joe Salisbury on Wednesday at the Tokyo Olympics, Great Britain’s Andy Murray took to Twitter to share an emotional message with his fans.
“I feel crushed after today’s loss. Sport can be brutal,” Murray wrote. “Thanks so much Joe Salisbury for the opportunity to play. You were brilliant. I wish it could have gone a little better, but [stuff] happens.
“And if this is the end of my Olympics journey, I want to say a huge thanks to Team Great Britain and all the tennis support team for everything they have done to help me perform at my best over the years. It’s been an absolute privilege to represent you and my country at four Olympics and it’s given me some of the best memories of my life.”
I feel crushed after todays loss 😞💔 sport can be brutal.
Thanks so much @joesalisbury92 for the opportunity to play. You were brilliant. I wish it could have gone a little better but shit happens. And if this is the end of my @olympics journey i want to say a huge thanks to
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) July 28, 2021
Murray and Salisbury led Croatia’s Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig 6-4, 4-2 with a spot in the medal rounds on the line. But childhood friends Cilic and Dodig raised their level with aggressive, fearless tennis to turn around the match and advance 4-6, 7-6(2), 10-7.
Murray is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in singles (2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janeiro) as well as a silver medalist in mixed doubles (2012 w/Laura Robson). The former World No. 1 withdrew from the singles draw in Tokyo just before his scheduled first-round match against Felix Auger-Aliassime due to a right quad injury.