Andy Murray Ready to Defend Olympic Title
As the Tokyo Olympics get underway, Britain’s Andy Murray is hoping for a third successive gold after winning back-to-back titles at the Olympics in London in 2012 and the Rio Games in 2016.
In a recent interview with the BBC, Murray talked about overcoming hurdles and touched on the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. He also said he is ready to defend his title.
“I’ve prepared as best as I can. I have tough draws in singles and doubles, but I think I have a chance,” Murray said. “If I can get through a round or two, I’ll start to feel more comfortable. I also have the experience of playing in the Olympics, which I can use to my advantage.”
While the 34-year-old tennis player “feels good” about this tournament, he admits that there is a great deal of anxiety among the British team over the pandemic. Earlier this month, Dan Evans and Johanna Konta, Britain’s highest-ranked players, had to withdraw from the Games after testing positive for COVID-19. Murray himself had to sit out the Grand Slam in Australia in January.
“It happened to me before the Australian Open, and I was gutted,” Murray recalled. “Thankfully, I was able to compete in another Grand Slam a few months later, but if you’ve been preparing for something for five years and something like that happens to you, it would be brutal.”
“There is an anxiousness, but from what I’ve seen, everyone is taking the protocols seriously, so hopefully, there won’t be too many issues,” he added.
Judging by the odds on betting sites, bookmakers don’t seem to share Murray’s optimism about his chances in this year’s Olympics. As a matter of fact, they’ve given him 50/1 odds of winning the tournament. In comparison, Novak Djokovic’s odds are 8/13, making him the safer bet. After all, Murray is currently ranked 104th on the ATP list, while his first opponent, Felix Auger-Aliassime, sits in 9th place.