Andy Murray withdraws from Olympics singles after suffering fresh injury in Tokyo
Andy Murray has withdrawn from the singles event at the Olympics due to a quad strain injury.
The former world number one is the defending champion in Tokyo after winning gold at both the 2012 and 2016 games.
However, despite stating before the tournament that he was hopeful of adding another singles medal to his collection, injury has forced him out.
Murray will, though, continue in the doubles with Joe Salisbury after their impressive first round win over French duo Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
“The medical staff have advised me against playing in both events,” Andy Murray explained.
“I have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the singles and focus on playing doubles with Joe.”
Australia’s Max Purcell has taken Murray’s spot in the competition, and he will now play Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Speaking after his win in the doubles, Murray said: “I think we have the potential to be a really good team, I think the result today showed that.
“Doubles is always tricky because sometimes the matches come down to a few points and I think we were well-deserved winners today, we created a fair few chances. But not every doubles match is like that.
“I think if we keep the same attitude and prepare diligently, we have a chance of doing well.
“It is not easy, we have a tough match up next against a German pair [Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz] and we’re looking forward to that one.”
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