Tokyo Olympics: Britain’s Andy Murray withdraws from singles draw at the mega event

Two times defending champion Andy Murray has withdrawn from the singles tournament of the Tokyo Olympics following injury, on Sunday.

Andy Murray’s bid for a third consecutive Olympic men’s singles gold medal comes to an end as he had concluded to withdraw from the tournament before his opening match following an injury.

The 34-year-old British professional has not been so lucky with his health. He was expected to play against his planned opener ninth-seeded, Canadian Auger-Aliassime today on the Centre Court but experienced an unfortunate right quad strain.

Two times defending Champion will however contend in the doubles tournament.

“I am really disappointed at having to withdraw but the medical staff have advised me against playing in both events, so I have made ghe difficult decision to withdraw from the singles and focus on playing doubles with Joe,” said Murray.

Murray, who has earned gold medals in 2012 and 2016  is paired with Joe Salisbury for the doubles event. They conquered second-seeded France’s Pierre Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday.

Murray has been troubled by injuries for two years. The hip injury doesn’t allow the player to stay on his body for long and that’s what made him suffer in the Wimbledon championship of this year. He started very well after returning to the grass-court for four long years but the injuries didn’t support him and the player faced an early exit.

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