French doubles star Nicolas Mahut hoped to make some notable results at the Tokyo Olympics but his campaign at the Olympics ended with a disappointment.
Mahut teamed up his close friend Pierre-Hugues Herbert for the doubles event and the Frenchmen were among the top favorites to win it all.
But Mahut and Herbert ended up suffering a first round as they were stunned by Great Britain's Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury.
On Wednesday, Mahut kicked off his mixed doubles campaign with Kristina Mladenovic but their campaign at the tournament was also short-lived as they lost to Russia's Aslan Karatsev and Elena Vesnina.
Mahut, 39 enjoys representing his country at the Olympics and he would like to play at the 2024 Paris Olympics but he admitted that may not be possible.
"On the one hand, the disappointment is too great. On the other, what we experience at the Olympics, what we experience in the village with the other athletes, it's so fabulous.(…) But I'm 39, the clock is ticking. It's in three years. Even if it's Paris, it's far," Mahut said, per Quentin Moynet of L'Equipe.
Back-to-back Olympic disappointment for Mahut and Herbert
At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Mahut and Herbert were also among the top favorites to win it all.
But their campaign was short-lived as they suffered a first round exit at the tournament.
The loss against Murray and Salisbury was especially surprising since the Britons were playing together for the first time but still they claimed a 6-3 6-2 win.
Murray and Salisbury earned the first break of the match in the eighth game, before serving out for the opener in the ninth game.
In the second set, Herbert and Mahut saved two break points in the third game to take a 2-1 lead.
Murray and Salisbury then went on a five-game wun as they claimed back-to-back breaks to finish the match in style.
Just over a month ago, Mahut and Herbert claimed their first title of the season after beating Reilly Opelka and John Peers in the doubles final at the Queen's Club.