After a devastating loss in the men’s doubles quarter-final alongside Joe Salisbury on Wednesday at the Tokyo Olympics, Briton Andy Murray took to Twitter to share a moving message with his fans.
âI feel crushed after today’s loss. Sport can be brutal, âMurray wrote. âThank you very much Joe Salisbury for the opportunity to play. You were brilliant. I wish it had gone a little better, but [stuff] come.
“And if this is the end of my Olympic journey, I would like to warmly thank the Great Britain team and the entire tennis support team for all they have done to help me give my best of myself over the years. It has been an absolute privilege to represent you and my country at four Olympic Games and it has left me with some of the best memories of my life. “
I feel crushed after today’s loss sport can be brutal.
thank you so much @ joesalisbury92 to have the opportunity to play. You were brilliant. I wish it had gone a little better but shit happens. And if this is the end of my @Olympic Games travel i want to say a big thank you 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 place in the medal round on the line. But childhood friends Cilic and Dodig raised their level with aggressive and fearless tennis for reverse the match and move forward 4-6, 7-6 (2), 10-7.
Murray is a double Olympic gold medalist in singles (London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016) as well as silver medalist in mixed doubles (2012 with Laura Robson). The former world No.1 withdrew from the singles draw in Tokyo just ahead of his scheduled first-round match against Felix Auger-Aliassime due to a right quad injury.