“Would Be Brilliant for the Sport”: Andy Murray Calls for Introduction of New Events at Olympic Games

Published 08/01/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Doubles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 27, 2021. Andy Murray reacts during his Men’s Doubles second round match REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw


Former World No. 1 Andy Murray has done wonders in the game. When he won his first Grand Slam title in 2012, he brought joy to millions of British hearts. He was the first man in 76 years to achieve that honor. 

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Recently, Andy Murray came up with a proposal to introduce new formats in various sports played at the Olympic Games. He wants the introduction of mixed events in which men and women can compete against one another being in the same team. His idea was received well by London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Doubles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 27, 2021. Andy Murray of Britain and Joe Salisbury of Britain react during their second round match against Kevin Krawietz of Germany and Tim Puetz of Germany REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

The former Grand Slam champion stated, “How good are mixed events in sport? They are a huge asset and so many sports miss a trick not supporting/promoting them more. Who else would love to see a mixed golfing event Ryder/Solheim cup style? I think it would be brilliant for the sport.” 

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Murray wants to experiment with this new initiative. Although, he wants this to go beyond tennis and spread across various other sports. He spoke about having an event similar to the golf event like the Ryder or Solheim Cup. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis Training – Ariake Tennis Park, Tokyo, Japan – July 22, 2021 Andy Murray of Britain during training. REUTERS/Mike Segar

The retired athlete did have a few words to say and stated, “It is always interesting when new things are added to the Olympic Games because you never know what the response is going to be. Are the athletes going to buy in? Are the crowds going to buy in? No crowds here, so that’s pretty easy, but does everybody at home? And so far it seems that it’s been brilliant.”

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Coming onto tennis, the Olympic Games have concluded and Andy was performing well until he fell short in the quarterfinal. We hope to see him during the US Open Series. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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