“It has never worked out for me” – Jamie Murray unsure about Olympics
Jamie Murray is undecided about whether to compete at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where he would potentially partner brother Andy Murray.
Murray, a former world number one doubles player and seven-times Grand Slam champion, is concerned about the potential travel and quarantine restrictions should he travel to Japan.
Talking to BBC Scotland, the Scot said, “it’s a bit different with tennis and also with all the issues with the calendar.
“I have been three times before [to the Olympics] and while I’ve been very fortunate to be part of it, personally it has never worked out for me in terms of results or performances. But who knows, maybe Tokyo will be fourth time lucky.”
The world number 23 would be in contention to partner two-time Olympic Gold medallist Andy Murray. The brothers have already competed at the Olympics together, in addition to multiple Davis Cup ties.
In response to a question asking if he would play in Tokyo, Murray responded, “that is a good question. We’ll see.”
The ATP calendar looks different in 2021 to accommodate the coronavirus pandemic restrictions, with the Australian Open moving back three weeks and the Indian Wells Masters 1000 tournament already postponed.
34-year-old Murray is reuniting his partnership with Bruno Soares this year, the Brazilian current world number one with whom Murray won two Grand Slam titles in 2019.
“It wasn’t really something I expected or was looking at,” said Murray, who ended his partnership with fellow Brit Neal Skupski at the end of 2020.
“Then right at the end of the season there were a few changes, Bruno was available and I put it out there to see if he was keen. Thankfully he was.”
British doubles is enjoying unprecedented success on the men’s side, with Jamie Murray one of seven Brits included in the top 70 of the ATP rankings. Murray will attempt to recapture the Australian Open crown he won with Soares in 2019 in the first Grand Slam of the year, starting on February 8th in Melbourne.
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