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Andy Murray only wants to play Olympics if he has a ‘chance of winning a medal’

Andy Murray has spoken about his prospects for the Paris Olympics, revealing that he would only want to enter the event ‘by right’.

Murray has recently revealed that he is unlikely to continue competing after the summer, hinting that the Olympics could be a potential farewell for the Brit.

The two-time gold medallist has since explained his Olympic intentions further, “I would love the chance to play in another Olympics, but also genuinely only if I felt like there was a chance of winning a medal.

“I’m also very conscious that because of how amazing my experiences at the Olympics have been, I would want to be there by right and not just take one of the other guys’ spots, because it is a brilliant opportunity. We have top doubles players and also Jack (Draper), Cam (Norrie) and Evo (Dan Evans) in singles as well.”

Murray is the only player in history to win two singles gold medals at back-to-back Games, and also has an Olympic silver from the mixed doubles event with Laura Robson at the London 2012 Olympics.

At the last Olympics in Tokyo, Murray only competed in doubles alongside compatriot Joe Salisbury and reached the quarter-finals.

This is something that Murray has revealed was down to his medal chances, “When I played with Joe, I had the conversation beforehand with him that my feeling was there was a greater chance of me winning a medal in doubles than singles.”

Murray is currently the British No.4 at world No.62 in singles, which would currently enable him to qualify for the Paris Olympics that are going to be held on the grounds of Roland Garros.

Before thinking about the Olympics any further, Murray will have his sights set on the Miami Open taking place this week, with a first round encounter against 2021 Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini.

Inside the baseline…

Andy Murray talking about the end of his career is such a sad thought, but it is a reality of life that top sports stars will not be around forever and you have to treasure them while they are still competing. With the Paris Olympics being played on clay, a surface that Murray has played only 12 matches on in the past six years, it is definitely a possibility that he only plays doubles with someone like Joe Salisbury again.

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.