Tennis at Tokyo Olympics 2020: Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury knock out 2nd seeded Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert

Great Britain's Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury defeat French pair of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert who were seeded 2nd at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury
Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury

Team Great Britain cause a big upset at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 as Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury defeated the French team of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the first round of the Men’s Doubles competition. While the British team did not get any spot on the 8 available seeds, the duo of Mahut and Herbert were seeded 2nd in the draws.

The pair of Murray and Salisbury needed just 75 minutes as they went on to defeat Mahut and Herbert 6-3, 6-2 on Court 5 of the Ariake Tennis Centre. In a clinical display, Murray and Salisbury combined well holding their serve throughout and not conceding a single break-point in the duration of the match. They hit a combined 17 unforced errors while Mahut and Herbert hit 27.

With a sensational performance, the duo could well be a threat for the other teams as they had an effortless outing today. The win takes them to Round of 16 where they will now be up against Germans Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz who defeated the Argentine pair of Diego Schwartzman and Facund Bagnis in just 1 hour.

Andy Murray could join Venus Williams on medals in all tennis categories at the Olympics

Andy Murray in action at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Andy Murray in action at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Andy Murray stands a great chance to accomplish a rare Olympics feat. Murray, who is the defending champion in Men’s Singles for 2nd edition running after winning the Men’s Singles Gold in London 2012 and then at Rio 2016 also won a Silver medal in Mixed Doubles in London 2012 with partner Laura Robson.

If he is able to clinch a medal in Men’s Doubles this year, he could join American great Venus Williams who has won a medal in all 3 categories, Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles.

List of winners who have won medals in Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles in Tennis:

  • Kathleen McKane Godfree(5)
  • Venus Williams(5)
  • Reginald Doherty(4)
  • Vincent Richards(4)
  • Laurence Doherty(3)

If Murray is able to win a single medal this year, he could also tie on the 1st place as the most medal won by a male player as he is currently on 3 medals.

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