Double Olympic title holder Andy Murray withdrew from the singles tournament to favor the doubles at the Tokyo Olympics.
There will be a new Olympic tennis singles champion in Tokyo: Briton Andy Murray, crowned in 2012 in London and 2016 in Rio, retired from the singles table on Sunday to focus on the doubles tournament of the Olympic Games from Tokyo.
“I am very disappointed to have to give up, but the medical staff advised me against participating in two tournaments, so I made the difficult decision to withdraw from the singles draw and concentrate on the doubles with Joe” Salisbury Murray said in a statement from the British Olympic Committee.
Murray, 104th in the ATP standings, was to play his first round in singles this Sunday in the early afternoon against the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime (15th).
On Saturday, he crossed the first round of the doubles tournament by beating with Joe Salisbury in straight sets (6-3, 6-2) the French Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert who were among the favorites for the title.
His fourth Olympic Games after Beijing, London and Rio
At 34, Murray has been collecting injuries for several years and is still trying to regain his best level after a major hip operation in January 2018. He is participating in Tokyo in his fourth Olympic Games after Beijing, London and Rio.
If he won his last twelve matches in singles at the Olympics, with victories in the final against Switzerland’s Roger Federer in 2012 and the Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro in 2016, the Scotsman has never gone beyond the second round in doubles. gentlemen, where he had so far aligned with his older brother Jamie.
He has 46 ATP titles to his list, including three Grand Slams (US Open 2012, Wimbledon 2013 and 2016), and two Olympic gold medals.