Former world No. 1 Andy Murray has revealed that a quad tear forced him to pull out of the singles event at the Tokyo Olympics. Murray, who captured back-to-back gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics singles event just before his opener.
Murray is now set to return to action at this week's Cincinnati Masters and then also play at the US Open. "I have never had any muscle injuries in my
career, so I didn't really know what they felt like. It was a difficult one," Murray said, per Sky Sports.
"It was hard and frustrating again to have to miss another big event. Granted, I got the opportunity in doubles and we were close to getting into the medal rounds. "We were potentially going to go to Canada, but just felt like maybe needed to have a few more days of rehab to make sure the quad was really fine and recovered before starting to play again.
"Here, I feel good again, but as I said earlier in the year, I can't say with any great certainty that I'm going to be feeling good for three, four months in a row."
Murray failed to win a medal in Tokyo
Murray decided to pull out of the singles event at the Tokyo Olympics and focus on the doubles with fellow compatriot Joe Salisbury.
Murray and Salisbury made the quarterfinal, before losing to Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig. "I don't know if I'll get the opportunity to play again," Murray said following the defeat, as quoted on Sky Sports.
"I've loved every minute of playing in the Olympics. I wish that today could have gone differently. "I had another chance with Joe to win a medal, we were so close, and that's what's disappointing. I would like to have done some stuff differently in the match to try to help out more."