Mur­ray wary of over­do­ing things in team events and at Olympics

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport | Motorsport - By Si­mon Briggs TENNIS COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Andy Mur­ray’s sin­gles sea­son will end in An­twerp tonight un­less he can over­come world No 45 Pablo Cuevas. This is his fi­nal tour­na­ment of a year in which he has proven him­self ca­pa­ble of com­pet­ing once again with the world’s best play­ers.

The next ques­tions sur­round Great Bri­tain’s forth­com­ing team com­pe­ti­tions – and, in­deed, next year’s Tokyo Olympics, where Mur­ray could po­ten­tially re­sume the on-off dou­bles part­ner­ship with his brother, Jamie.

It was 40 miles away, in Ghent, that the Mur­rays joined forces to help se­cure Great Bri­tain’s first Davis Cup in 79 years. In three at­tempts at the Olympics, how­ever, they have man­aged just one vic­tory, in Bei­jing 11 years ago. As Andy ad­mit­ted this week, there is an ar­gu­ment for not try­ing a fourth time.

“It’s a dif­fi­cult one be­cause last time when I played the Olympics, I just wanted to play ev­ery­thing – sin­gles, dou­bles, mixed,” Mur­ray said. “I don’t think it’s a done deal that we will play to­gether. I mean, he’s been do­ing well with Neal [Skup­ski, the 29-year-old Liver­pudlian who has part­nered Jamie on a strong run of 20 wins from their last 28 matches].

“Be­cause the Olympics comes around ev­ery four years, both of us are des­per­ate to do re­ally well, but we don’t play with each other in prepa­ra­tion for it so we just turn up and hope it clicks. That’s not re­ally the right way to pre­pare.”

Sim­i­lar logic ap­plies to the in­au­gu­ral Davis Cup fi­nals week in Madrid, which starts on Nov 18. If Andy Mur­ray is play­ing sin­gles, Bri­tish cap­tain Leon Smith may have to use Skup­ski and Jamie Mur­ray as his dou­bles pair­ing.

Mean­while, The Daily Tele­graph un­der­stands that 46-year-old Andrea Gau­denzi – a former ju­nior world No1 who reached the fourth round of the French Open in 1994 – has been cho­sen by the As­so­ci­a­tion of Tennis Pro­fes­sion­als’ board as its new chair­man.

Poor record: Andy Mur­ray and his brother Jamie have won just one match in three Olympics dou­bles

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.