•   
  •   

Sport Tokyo Olympics: Defending champion Andy Murray withdraws from singles with quad issue

07:05  25 july  2021
07:05  25 july  2021 Source:   goal.com

Here's when the Tokyo 2020 Olympics finally gets underway this summer

  Here's when the Tokyo 2020 Olympics finally gets underway this summer Here's when the Tokyo 2020 Olympics finally gets underway this summerThe news comes as a welcome boost to athletes and broadcasters after the Covid pandemic led to the initial postponement of Tokyo 2020 last year.

Andy Murray , the only tennis player to win back-to-back Olympic singles titles, withdrew from singles competition in Tokyo . On Day 1 of competition, Murray and doubles partner Joe Salisbury, who were unseeded, upset the No. 2-seeded French Team of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in a straight sets victory. "I am really disappointed at having to withdraw but the medical staff have advised me against playing in both events, so I have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the singles and focus on playing doubles with Joe," Murray said in a statement.

Two-time Olympic singles champion Andy Murray has withdrawn from the singles event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games due to a right quad muscle strain. Murray had been scheduled to face Felix-Auger Aliassime in the third match on Centre Court on Sunday but has elected to concentrate on doubles alongside partner Alongside brother Jamie, Murray fell in the first round at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics , having reached round two together on their Games debut at Beijing 2008. Murray and Salisbury will play German pair Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz in the second round.

Andy Murray's chances of winning a third straight Olympics title in the men's singles have been dashed by a quad strain.

Andy Murray with a racket: Andy Murray has withdrawn from the men's singles at Tokyo 2020 © Getty Images Andy Murray has withdrawn from the men's singles at Tokyo 2020

The Team GB star was champion at London 2012 and Rio 2016, becoming the first player to ever defend a singles title in tennis.

Murray was due to start his campaign against Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime on Sunday but after consulting with medical staff he was told not to compete in both the singles and doubles.

The three-time grand slam winner started his doubles campaign alongside Joe Salisbury with an upset win over second seeds Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Saturday.

Japan girds for a surreal Olympics, and questions are plenty

  Japan girds for a surreal Olympics, and questions are plenty TOKYO (AP) — After a yearlong delay and months of hand-wringing that rippled across a pandemic-inflected world, a Summer Games unlike any other is at hand. It's an Olympics, sure, but also, in a very real way, something quite different. No foreign fans. No local attendance in Tokyo-area venues. A reluctant populace navigating a surge of virus cases amid a still-limited vaccination campaign. Athletes and their entourages confined to a quasi-bubble, under threat of deportation. Government minders and monitoring apps trying — in theory, at least — to track visitors’ every move. Alcohol curtailed or banned.

Andy Murray 's bid for a third straight Olympic men's singles gold medal has ended after he withdrew ahead of his first match because of a thigh strain. The 34-year-old tennis star had been due to take on ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada today, but was replaced on the order of Murray said: "I am really disappointed at having to withdraw but the medical staff have advised me against playing in both events, so I have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the singles and focus on playing doubles with Joe." It comes as officials confirmed there had been 10 more confirmed new coronavirus

Andy Murray is embracing the Olympic Games again as he bids for his greatest win of all – a third straight gold medal. The Brit is up and running in the men’s doubles alongside Joe Salisbury, while he begins his singles campaign against Felix Auger-Aliassime on Sunday. Long ago in his struggle against infirmity Murray made a mental shift, concluding that win-ratios, prizes and deals meant less to him than his love of playing and being in an elite environment that will soon be closed to him. He parked his ego in favour of chasing every last thrill.

Murray will continue his quest for a third Olympics gold alongside Salisbury.

"I am really disappointed at having to withdraw but the medical staff have advised me against playing in both events," Murray said via a Team GB news release.

"So, I have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the singles and focus on playing doubles with Joe."

Murray was considered an outsider for singles success in Tokyo having been blighted by injuries in recent years.

His absence is a blow to a men's singles event already missing the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem, though.

World number one Novak Djokovic is the overwhelming favourite to win gold. The Serbian has already won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon in 2021 and is chasing Olympic gold and the US open to become just the second player after Steffi Graf to complete the coveted 'Golden Slam'.

Olympics Latest: US women perfect so far in beach volleyball .
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ It’s a perfect record in beach volleyball pool play for the American women. Sarah Sponcil and Kelly Claes rallied from a first-set loss to beat Brazil’s Rebecca and Ana Patricia on Saturday in the preliminary round finale. The U.S. women went 3-0 in the round-robin, as did the other American team of April Ross and Alix Klineman.After losing the first set 21-17, Sponcil and Claes opened a 19-14 in the second before losing four straight points.

usr: 3
This is interesting!