His ranking may be a lowly 104 but Andy Murray is taking the Tokyo Olympics seriously after a feel-good session with his young daughter.
The Brit who owns singles gold medals from London 2012 and Rio 2016, will be working against the odds in Japan when he begins against Canadian hope Felix Auger-Aliassime in the first round as the tournament starts on Friday
But father of four Murray’s special sauce for his long-odds medal campaign is coming through encouragement from his children back home in Surrey south of London.
After losing in the Wimbledon fourth round this month to Denis Shapovalov, the 34-year-old said he received a pep talk of sorts from his daughter, aged five.
“‘Daddy, you’re home because you lost another tennis match’ and I said to her, ‘yeah I did, what do you do if you lose?’ and she said ‘you try and try again’.
“And I was like yeah, that’s what I want to do. I want to keep playing because I enjoy it and think I can still play at a high level.”
Murray is still carrying the weight of the two hip surgeries which nearly derailed his career.
With each major tournament that passes… and when you’re getting asked questions a lot it’s always about my future, so naturally from that and the fact I’d not performed as well as I’d like to, you question things and doubt yourself a little bit,” he told media at the Games on Thursday.
“I still believe that I can (win another medal). I know this could be the last (Games).
“So, I want to go out there and leave everything out on the court and fight for every single point because that’s all you can do.”