TOKYO (Reuters) – Andy Murray sacrificed a chance to win a third straight Olympic singles title and decided to focus on the men’s doubles competition at the Tokyo Games after scans confirmed he was having “problems” with his body.
The Briton is the only player to have won two back-to-back Olympic singles titles, but after an injury-ridden run to Tokyo, and with his body still not 100% after the hip resurfacing surgery he suffered in 2019, he decided to prioritize the men’s doubles competition to increase his medal chances.
Murray, who is Joe Salisbury’s partner, said he was feeling good physically but made the decision to retire from the singles following a medical exam. On Sunday, he said he was embarrassed by a thigh injury.
“It was very disappointing. I had prepared well, felt good again and something was showing on the scans that we weren’t very happy with, “Murray, 34, told reporters.
“When we talked about playing, I told Joe if I had any physical issues I would prioritize doubles over singles and that’s why I made this decision.”
“I would have been annoyed on my own if I had decided to play with the problem, if I had made things worse, lost my singles and hadn’t been able to perform well in doubles. ”
“Physically it will be fine for the rest of the tournament, but I’ll have to take a break after that. “
Murray and Salisbury advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-2 7-6 (2) victory over Germans Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz on Tuesday.
(Report by Rozanna Latiff, edited by Pritha Sarkar)