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Andy Murray motivated by daughter's advice through comeback at Olympics
The former No. 1 has won gold in his last two Olympic appearances.
Published Jul 22, 2021
WATCH: Andy Murray addressed the media after his second-round win at Wimbledon.
Andy Murray is on the comeback trail again, saying he's still eager to play as he begins the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Possessing the most Olympic and Grand Slam titles outside the direct entries, the two-time Olympic champion received an ITF Place.
The 34-year-old former No. 1 fell to Denis Shapovalov in the third round of Wimbledon, and had appeared unsure of whether he could get back to competing regularly on tour. He's played just a handful of events this season as he aims to extend his career following hip resurfacing surgery in 2019.
"I was very disappointed," said Murray, speaking to British press. "You’re getting asked questions a lot, it’s always about my future and stuff, so naturally from that and the fact I’d not performed I’d like, you question things and doubt yourself a little bit."
But when he returned home, his daughter Sophia, 5, said "you try and try again" in a conversation about the defeat, giving him renewed motivation.
There’s been difficult moments but right now this is the healthiest I’ve been in the longest period. I’m getting better and improving. Andy Murray
"And I was like yeah, that’s what I want to do. I want to keep playing because I enjoy it and think I can still play at a high level," said Murray.
"There’s been difficult moments but right now this is the healthiest I’ve been in the longest period. I’m getting better and improving."
Murray began the season by having to withdraw from the Australian Open upon testing positive for coronavirus. The three-time Grand Slam champion then experienced a groin injury before Miami that kept him almost entirely sidelined until the grass season.
Murray has also won two Olympic singles gold medals. His quest for another medal, unseeded, starts against Félix Auger-Aliassime in Tokyo. He's also playing the doubles with Joe Salisbury.
"It’s not going to be easy and in a slightly different position to four or five years ago when I would have been expected to get one and that’s maybe not the case this time around," he said.
Murray is No.104 in the rankings.