Andy Murray won't play singles at 2024 Wimbledon, still plans for doubles farewell with brother Jamie Murray

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 at 11:18
Andy Murray has been denied his singles farewell at the tournament that means the most in the form of Wimbledon. He will not face Tomas Machac this afternoon at SW19 with the former World No.1 sending it firmly down to the wire to make his decision.
Murray who had to retire mid match against Jordan Thompson at Queen's due to a back injury has a spinal cyst and attempted for a Novak Djokovic type recovery albeit in a week as opposed to three weeks and despite not looking the best looked likely to push through to get his farewell.
"I'll have a chat with my team, speak to my family this evening and make a decision," he said on Monday after practice.
"It's getting better and the testing I've done has been good. I just need to decide whether it's enough to compete."
But it seems like time ran out for him to play singles with the injury just too much for him to play any part against the Czech ace who will now face a lucky loser. Murray though will team up with his brother Jamie Murray as planned later in the week in the men's doubles. A first and last for the pair with Andy as a result confirming that it will be his final Wimbledon.
Likely he will get the Centre Court farewell billing even in doubles and get given the send-off he deserves. But it will be a cruel blow for the two-time champion for his last match to be against Stefanos Tsitsipas back in 2023 and for injury to stop him having at least one final match.
"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 Wimbledon wrote.
"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."
The match that now takes its place is yet to be confirmed but is likely to be Iga Swiatek v Sofia Kenin with the tie being last up on Court One. Novak Djokovic and defending women's champion Marketa Vondrousova also take centre stage today.

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