Already a two-time champion in singles, Murray is focusing his efforts on the doubles with partner Joe Salisbury as the pair secured a spot in the quarter-finals following their victory against German duo Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz.
Murray said: “It was a really good day yesterday [Monday 26]. Obviously nice to see Tom Daley winning and Adam Peaty, another amazing performance from him. It’s been great, hopefully we can be part of that.”
When will Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury play next?
Murray and Salisbury will face off against the Croatian doubles team Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig.
Ciclic and Dodig played against the doubles team from the USA, Rajeev Ram and Frances Tiafoe and claimed their victory on Tuesday 27 July.
The men’s tennis doubles quarter-finals will take place on Wednesday 28 July, with Murray and Salisbury scheduled to play Cilic and Dodig on court five at 4:30am UK time, which is 12:30pm for the players in Tokyo.
If Murray and Salisbury win against the Croatians, they will then progress to the semi-finals and then the final.
Who is doubles partner Joe Salisbury?
Joe Salisbury is a fellow professional tennis player, born in London, and is a doubles specialist.
He has won two Grand Slam titles, the 2020 Australian Open in the men’s doubles, with partner Rajeev Ram, and the 2021 French Open in a mixed doubles partnership with Desirae Krawcyzk.
As it stands, Salisbury has won five ATP Tour titles, making his ATP main draw debut in 2014 at the US National Indoor Tennis Championships, partnering with David O’Hare.
Playing with Ben McLachlan, Salisbury won his first ATP Tour title in 2018 at the Shenzhen Open.
Speaking after his and Murray’s victory against the German duo, Salisbury said: “We wanted to make sure we weren’t complacent after the first match. Obviously we played really well against a good team but we knew we had to keep that going.
“It was another tough test today and they showed that, the second set was really tight and we had to really work hard and play some good tennis to get through it.
“We’re going to have to keep doing that but obviously it’s going well so far.”
Is Murray still competing in the singles tournament?
Unfortunately Murray withdrew from the singles tournament ahead of his first match due to a minor thigh strain.
He was set to go up against ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada on Sunday 25 July, but was replaced on the order of play by Max Purcell of Australia.
Murray had been optimistic about his singles Olympic prospects, but on Saturday before his first match he was experiencing tightness in his quad muscles, and was advised not to try to compete in both the singles and doubles tournaments.
He said: “I am really disappointed at having to withdraw but the medical staff have advised me against playing in both events, so I have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the singles and focus on playing doubles with Joe.”
Elaborating, Murray said: “When we spoke about playing, I told Joe if I had any physical issues that I’d prioritise the doubles over singles, that’s why I made the decision to stick just with the doubles.
“I would have been annoyed with myself if I’d taken the decision to play with the issue that I had, made it worse, lost my singles and then not been able to perform well in the doubles. I think physically I’ll be OK for the rest of the tournament but I’ll need to take a break afterwards.”