Antwerp | Murray holds back re Olympics doubles
Andy Murray is inclined not to play doubles at next year’s Olympics in Tokyo with brother Jamie.
Now I don’t think I’m going to do that. I don’t think it’s a done deal that we will play together. Andy Murray
While still playing himself into top fitness following his hip surgery last January, is worried at having to play too much.
“It’s a difficult one because last time when I played the Olympics, I just wanted to play everything – singles, doubles, mixed,” Murray said.
“Now I don’t think I’m going to do that. I don’t think it’s a done deal that we will play together.
“I mean he’s been doing well with Neal [Skupski]. And also, if I played a match for example like I did with Alex de Minaur [in Zhuhai three weeks ago], there’s no chance I’m playing doubles after that.
” I would be useless. I was so tired at the end.
The Murrays have won just one Olympics match out of three together, which came in the first round on Beijing 11 years ago. Andy believes their record is another reason to not play together.
He added: “We haven’t done well when we’ve played together in the Olympics.
“Because it comes round every four years, both of us are desperate to do really well but we don’t play with each other in preparation for it so we just turn up and hope it clicks. That’s not really the right way to prepare.”
Meanwhile Murray will face the eighth seed Pablo Cuevas for a place in the quarter finals of the European Open in Antwerp on Wednesday evening.