Andy Murray has apologised for ruining a photo with a fellow Olympian in Tokyo – saying his trousers are a ‘shambles’.
The Scottish tennis star was photographed with British sailing Champion Hannah Mills, who posted it on her Instagram with the caption, “So that happened!”.
She added: “Cracking trousers Andy Murray”.
Murray shared the picture on his social media, saying: “Sorry for ruining the photo… trousers a total shambles.”
The 34-year-old won the Olympic tournaments in both 2012 and 2016.
“The Olympics means a huge amount to me, it’s a massive honour to be able to compete at a fourth games,” he said.
“Leading Team GB out at the opening ceremony five years ago in Rio was one of the highlights of my career.
“Going to an Olympics as defending champion is exciting and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Millman triumphs in gruelling first round clash
– Joe Barton
The conditions are ‘brutal’ but John Millman believes Tokyo’s soaring temperatures could play into his hands after he fought his way into the second round.
Millman outlasted Italian young gun Lorenzo Musetti 6-3 6-4 in a match that turned into a pure grind – with both players struggling to hold serve as the sun and heat wreaked havoc.
Hitting the mid-30s on the mercury, Millman said you can “add another 10” degrees to that mark to get a more accurate reading in the middle of the court.
“It’s brutal out here. They’re really challenging conditions,” Millman said.
“These are some of the hotter conditions we’ll play in all year – it’s similar to the hottest Brisbane days we get in summer. It’s humid, mid-30 degrees and out on court you can add another ten degrees.”
Millman seized control of the match with two breaks in the space of three games – the first, which allowed him to serve for the first set, and the second which gave him an early buffer to start a seesawing second set.
Millman will now face Spanish 16th seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the second round – and admits he’s let his eyes wander further into the draw, where world No.1 Novak Djokovic potentially lies in wait in the third round.
But the 32-year-old believes the heat be used to his advantage in the coming days because of his physicality on the court.
“When people play me they know I’m going to make it physical, extend points and make it a battle for them,” he said.
“People know that about me, I’ve been around the tour for a bit now, and they know they’re in for a bit of a fight hopefully.
“The conditions are hot. Even though you come from a pretty warm place (Brisbane), it’s never overly enjoyable to slog it through your body but it makes the victory a little more sweet.”
Meanwhile, Australia’s Samantha Stosur has suffered a heavy first-round defeat at the hands of Kazakhstan 15th seed Elena Rybakina, putting a pin in the final Olympic singles campaign for the five-time Oympian.
Stosur went toe to toe with the aggressive Rybakina from the outset, before the 22-year-old talent turned the screws in a big way in the second set to win 6-4 6-2 in just 70 minutes.
Stosur will team up with Ellen Perez in the doubles on Sunday, with the pair facing Latvian duo Jelena Ostapenko and Anastasija Sevastova.
Demon’s positive Covid update
Shattered Aussie tennis star Alex de Minaur is on the road to recovery after a positive Covid test ruined his maiden Olympic dream.
In a perfect world, Australia’s No.1-ranked male would be sweating through a first-round clash in Tokyo with an Olympic medal in his sights.
Instead he was holed up in Spain, having been cruelly robbed of his Olympic chance at the very last minute in a devastating blow for the rising star.
De Minaur is partially vaccinated, having had his first shot of the Pfizer vaccine, and has since tested negative to the infectious disease, according to teammate John Millman – but his absence dealt a “massive blow” to the team.
Millman had stayed with De Minaur in Spain in March, with the two discussing their excitement at representing Australia on such a prestigious stage.
“I know he was really looking forward to it. It was a massive blow not only to himself but to our team, as he’s obviously one of the better players in the world and would’ve been seeded here,” Millman said.
“When he plays for the country he goes to the next level so it wouldn’t have surprised me if he was a medal chance.”
De Minaur never leaves anything in the tank when it comes to representing Australia, and didn’t hesitate when called on to play in Tokyo.
Millman pointed to his ATP Cup defeat to Rafael Nadal in 2020, where he struggled through with an abdominal injury which would later force him to withdraw from the Australian Open, as proof of his commitment to the cause.
“He epitomises what it’s about to be Australian. Regardless of who he is up against,” Millman said.
“I remember the ATP Cup match (in 2020) against Rafa and he had a bit of an abdominal tear there, but played through it and played some incredible tennis.
“He’s a superstar and a good mate and I’m gutted for him.”
Millman has been in regular contact with the 22-year-old since his heartbreaking news, but says his good mate’s recovery is well underway.
“He’s recovered well and has since tested negative. Health first and foremost is the priority,” Millman said.