Andy Murray is not out of a strong start to the Tokyo Olympics, after suffering a slight thigh pressure, the two-time defending champion has announced his decision to withdraw from the men’s singles event.
Murray underwent hip resurfacing surgery shortly after winning his last Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Thanks to a one-year delay due to the novel Coronavirus Pandek, he was able to participate this summer.
However, Scott decided to make a strategic decision after winning the opening doubles match with teammate Jose Slasbury on Saturday. He was knocked out of the singles event, where he was to face Felix Auer-Eliasim of Canada in the first round. Max Porkel of the Australian team will take his place in the singles draw.
Despite withdrawing from the singles event, Murray’s team has decided to continue playing doubles with the club. Her thigh tension is mild, and focusing on doubles will give her more time to recover between matches.
“I’m really disappointed to be back, but the medical staff advised me against playing in both events,” Murray said in an official statement. He added: “I have made a difficult decision to give up singles and focus on playing doubles with Joe.
Withdrawal leaves Murray with no chance of defending his two-time Olympic gold medalist after winning in London in 2012 and defending successfully in Rio. However, being able to compete on your own after understanding a career ending hip surgery is an important achievement.
In the second round of the doubles competition, they will face Salisbury against Kevin Kreutz and Tim Potts of Germany. Despite losing the singles gold, Murray still has the opportunity to become the first person to win four Olympic medals since returning to tennis in 1988.