BREAKING NEWS: Two-time Olympic champion Andy Murray WITHDRAWS from singles tournament in Tokyo with injury hours before first round match with Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime
- Team GB suffered a late withdrawal as Andy Murray pulled out of men’s singles
- The two-time Olympic champion was due to face Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime
- A tight quad has been given as to why Murray has opted out of the singles event
Sir Andy Murray will not defend his Olympic gold medal as the former world No 1 withdrew from his first round match hours before it was due to start.
The Scot made a winning start in Tokyo in the doubles alongside partner Joe Salisbury and he was due to kickstart his singles title defence against Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime.
But in a dramatic turn of events Murray, who won gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016 in singles, withdrew and replaced by Australia’s Max Purcell.
Sportsmail understands that Murray has been dealing with a tight quad muscle and had to choose between the singles or the doubles event.
‘I am really disappointed at having to withdraw but the medical staff have advised me against playing in both events,’ Murray said in a statement.
‘I have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the singles and focus on playing doubles with Joe.’
More to follow.
Team GB’s Andy Murray has elected to pull out of Olympic men’s singles due to a quad injury