Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 16:33 GMT, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 17:33 UK

I was unprofessional, says Murray

Andy Murray
Murray said he lost too much weight in the heat

Andy Murray has admitted to being "unprofessional" in the build-up to his short-lived Olympic campaign.

He made the comments after following up his first-round singles loss by losing in the doubles with brother Jamie to Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra.

"I found out the day after my singles match I'd lost four and a half kilos since I arrived here," he said.

"I didn't prepare as well as I should have done. It was unprofessional and something I need to learn from."

In the run-up to Beijing Murray won his first Masters Series event, in Cincinnati, then flew back to London before flying to China.

He will be keen to put the mistakes of Beijing behind him when the ATP tour resumes with the US Open which starts on 25 August.

5 Live's Jonathan Overend watches the Murrays' miserable exit
"I'll have to make sure it doesn't happen again because I think I'm playing really well right now, the US Open is my favourite tournament and I believe I can do really well there," he said.

"Ideally I'd have like to have got here earlier but I didn't because I played very well in Cincinnati.

"Normally at each tournament I weigh myself right at the start and I should have checked that as soon as I got here instead of the day after my match."

He also admitted that he and his brother had disappointed as a doubles pairing, and would avoid making the same mistake in London in four years time.

"We didn't serve particularly well or return well and it was always going to be difficult if you can't put any pressure on them," he said.

"After being a part of the Olympics for the first time and seeing what it means when the athletes win medals and how big a deal it is you realise how much you want to do well and sometimes you want it a bit too much and don't play so well.

"Next time we will be playing at home on one of our best surfaces and will have a lot more experience."

Tennis medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forRussia 1 1 1 3
Women's Singles 1 1 1
2 also show each event results forSpain 1 1 0 2
Men's Singles 1 0 0
Women's Doubles 0 1 0
3 also show each event results forUSA 1 0 1 2
Men's Doubles 0 0 1
Women's Doubles 1 0 0
4 also show each event results forSwitzerland 1 0 0 1
Men's Doubles 1 0 0
5 also show each event results forChile 0 1 0 1
Men's Singles 0 1 0
6 also show each event results forSweden 0 1 0 1
Men's Doubles 0 1 0
7 also show each event results forChina 0 0 1 1
Women's Doubles 0 0 1
8 also show each event results forSerbia 0 0 1 1
Men's Singles 0 0 1

see also
Murrays out of Olympic doubles
13 Aug 08 |  Tennis
Olympics blog
07 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics

related bbc links:

related internet links:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2018 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.