Andy Murray has added fuel to the suggestion that he could pull down the curtain on his glittering Olympic career.
Two-time champion Murray hinted at quitting the Games arena after he and Joe Salisbury suffered a quarter-final exit in the men’s doubles against Marin Cilic and Ican Dodig of Croatia in Tokyo.
And the Brit underlined the point in a post on social media later in the day.
Davis Cup title winner Murray, the only player to successfully defend the men’s crown, wrote: “I feel crushed after today’s 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 s**t happens.
“And if this is the end of my @olympics journey I want to say a huge thanks to @TeamGB 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 4 Olympics and it’s given me some of the best memories of my life.”
Murray, who also won a mixed doubles silver, attached a photograph of himself as Britain’s flag-bear in the opening ceremony at the 2016 Games in Rio in the post.