“Had a Tear in My Quad”: Andy Murray Details His Tokyo Olympics Injury at Cincinnati Open 2021

Published 08/16/2021, 4:13 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 28, 2021. Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his men’s doubles quarterfinal match REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson


British tennis star Andy Murray is looking forward to his singles campaign at the Cincinnati Open. The star is looking to fulfill his short-term goals ahead of the Cincinnati Open and the US Open but has now described his Olympic Games injury as a “difficult one”.

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Andy Murray suffered a quad injury and withdrew from the singles event in Tokyo. However, he continued with Joe Salisbury for the men’s doubles event and reached the quarterfinals. They lost to Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig, who went on to win the gold.

Andy Murray describes the Olympic injury that forced him to withdraw from the singles event

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Andy Murray has been struggling to find his form, courtesy of a long-term hip injury. He suffered a hip injury in 2018 and has undergone two hip surgeries since. However, these injuries have not stopped him from playing. Moreover, the British player has worked extremely hard in order to regain form.

In a press conference, Murray revealed the build-up to the Olympic Games.

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 27: Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates his victory in his men’s singles first round match against James Duckworth of Australia on Day One of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Then I got back on the practice courts after a few days, started preparing and got another good 10, 12 days of practice in before the Olympics and then I’d been having a little bit of pain in my quad during that period,” said Murray regarding the pain he felt after the Wimbledon Championships.

I decided when we were over in Tokyo to get it looked at because it had been persisting for a little while. And then I had a tear in my quad and I’ve never had any muscle injuries in my career so I didn’t really know what they felt like, so it was a difficult one and then there was the responsibility to Joe as well so it was hard and frustrating again to have to miss the opportunity to play in another big event,” said Murray.

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Murray is back on the court

Andy Murray will be contesting at the Cincinnati Open this week in order to prepare for the US Open. After a list of players withdrew from the event in the US, Murray has stepped up to regain his form. However, it will not be a cakewalk for the star at the Cincinnati Open.

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He will have to face the likes of Daniil Medvedev, who clinched the National Bank Open last week. This week will be important for Murray as he will have to prevent himself from suffering any injury on the court.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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