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Andy Murray’s Olympic run ends in doubles quarter-final defeat with Brit unsure if he’ll play Paris 2024

GUTTED Andy Murray is unsure if he will play at the Paris 2024 Olympics after being dumped out of Tokyo.

Muzza and Joe Salisbury should have progressed to the semi-finals of the men’s doubles but somehow lost 4-6 7-6 10-7 to Croatians Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig.

It was a devastating blow for this scratch pair who were playing well and even knocked out the No2 seeds from France in the first round.

With their masks taken off, the disappointment was visible to see across their faces and for Murray, the two-time singles champion, this could be an unfortunate way to end a glorious Olympics career.

The Scot, 34, said: “I don’t know about Paris. I’ve got to get the opportunity to play again.

“I’ve loved every minute of playing in the Olympics. I wished that today could have gone differently.

“This was another chance with Joe to win a medal. We were so close, that’s what is so disappointing. I’d like to have done stuff in the match to try to help out more.

“It’s hard. I hate losing. I wanted to try to win a medal with Joe. It’s difficult to take.

“You have regrets, think about points, things you should have done differently.

“I’ve always loved team sports, I love being part of the Olympics, it’s an amazing experience as I’m sure Joe would say about his first time.

“And I’m sure he’ll be hungry to do more and do better next time. I just wish we could have done better.” 

Murray pulled out of the singles this week on medical advice following a tight quad and the world No105 could not say when he will next play on the road to the US Open.

He said: “I’ll see how the injury heals. That’s what will dictate it.

“I’m not going to rush something if it’s not there.

“My team think I should be okay to play the US Open judging by how I felt in matches here.

“It’s not as physical as singles but there’s a lot of explosive movements and my leg felt fine. I’ll have to wait and see.” 

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Salisbury, who lives in Wimbledon, will fly home within the next 48 hours with the rest of the team after failing to secure a place in the mixed doubles with Heather Watson.

The 29-year-old said: “This is very tough. Especially being within a chance of getting to the semi-finals and a chance of winning a medal.

“It’s very tough as we were set and a break up and playing so well.”

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