Murray pulls out of singles, confirms he will play doubles in Wimbledon swansong

The two-time Wimbledon champion will team up with brother, Jamie, in the men’s doubles event

Andy Murray, Queens Club 2024 Andy Murray, Queens Club 2024

Two-time champion Andy Murray pulled out of the Wimbledon men’s singles draw on Tuesday morning. The 37-year-old Brit, who underwent surgery on his back to remove a spinal cyst just over a week ago, does plan to play in the doubles draw with brother Jamie Murray.

Murray had been practicing on grounds over the past few days in order to assess his fitness prior to his first-round match against Tomas Machac, scheduled to take place on Centre Court later this evening.

Speaking to the press over the weekend, the Brit had admitted that it was unlikely that he would be able to play in the singles draw but that he was going to wait until the last minute to take a final call.

“Unfortunately, despite working incredibly hard on his recovery since his operation just over a week ago, Andy has taken the very difficult decision not to play the singles this year,” a statement from Murray’s team said. “As you can imagine, he is extremely disappointed but has confirmed that he will be playing in the doubles with Jamie and looks forward to competing at Wimbledon for the last time.”

Murray has stated earlier that he had intended to retire at the Paris Olympics later this year and that he wasn’t planning to play the US Open.

The Brit has been replaced by lucky loser David Goffin, of Belgium, in the main draw.

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