Andy Murray’s bid for a third straight Olympic gold in men’s singles came to an end after he retired before his first game with a thigh injury.

The 34-year-old tennis star was scheduled to face ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada today, but was replaced on the order of play by Australia’s Max Purcell.

However, he will continue to compete for the GB team in the men’s doubles tournament with Joe Salisbury.

Murray said: “I’m really disappointed to have to retire but the medics advised me against playing in both events so I made the difficult decision to retire from the singles and focus on the doubles with Joe. “

It comes as authorities confirmed there were 10 new confirmed coronavirus infections, including two athletes, at Tokyo 2020, bringing the total number of cases to 137 since July 1.

Meanwhile, US golfer Bryson DeChambeau tested positive for COVID-19 before his departure for the Games and will be replaced on the US men’s golf team by Patrick Reed, USA Golf has reported.

DeChambeau said: “I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA.

“Representing my country means the world to me and it has been a huge honor to be a part of this team. I wish Team USA the best of luck next week in Tokyo.

“I will now focus on my health and look forward to returning to competition once I am cleared to do so.”

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Source: news.sky.com
This notice was published: 2021-07-25 02:57:00

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