Andy Murray withdraws from Tokyo Olympics singles

Andy Murray has withdrawn from the men's singles event at Tokyo Olympics but will continue to play in doubles

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Two-time defending champion Andy Murray has withdrawn from the men’s singles event at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 34-year-old was scheduled to face Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime on Sunday.

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“I am really disappointed at having to withdraw but the medical staff have advised me against playing in both events,” a statement from Murray read.

“I have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the singles and focus on playing doubles with Joe.”

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He has been replaced in the singles draw by Australian Max Purcell.

However, Murray will still compete in the doubles but was advised not to compete in both events in Japan.

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Murray won his first singles gold at London 2012 and retained his title in Rio four years later.

However, the three-time Grand Slam champion has since had major hip surgery and has made a stuttering return to the Tour.

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Murray spoke positively after his victory with Salisbury on the first day of the Games when they beat French second seeds Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Hubert.

He and Salisbury will face German pair Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz in the second round.