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Olympics: Andy Murray played hard against ninth-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime

Andy Murray has had a rocky start to the Tokyo Olympics as the former world No. 1 draws against ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, while the two-time Wimbledon champion hopes for a third gold medal in a row

  • Andy Murray takes on Felix Auger-Aliassime in his opener at the Tokyo Games
  • It’s a tough start for the Brit as he prays for a third straight gold medal
  • Murray is the only tennis player to win back-to-back gold at an Olympics
  • Meanwhile, fellow Team GB star Liam Broady plays Francisco Cerundolo

Andy Murray faces a rocky start in the defense of his Olympic tennis title after he drew against ninth-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Murray is the only tennis player to win back-to-back gold medals in singles after triumphing in London and Rio, but his hopes of making it three in a row have been severely hampered by physical problems.

He won a grand slam for the first time in four consecutive years at Wimbledon, before being completely defeated by Auger-Aliassime’s Canadian counterpart Denis Shapovalov and then giving a bleak assessment of his career prospects.

Andy Murray faces a tough start to the Tokyo Olympics against Felix Auger-Aliassime

Andy Murray faces a tough start to the Tokyo Olympics against Felix Auger-Aliassime

Canada's ninth seed will provide a rigorous test as Murray goes for a third gold medal

Canada’s ninth seed will provide a rigorous test as Murray goes for a third gold medal

The 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime, meanwhile, headed to Tokyo on a climax after a strong grassfield season culminating in a first grand slam quarter-final at SW19, while easily beating Murray at the US Open last year.

Debutant Liam Broady, a very late entrant to the field after numerous withdrawals, takes on Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo, while Heather Watson starts against Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam.

Dan Evans and Johanna Konta, who would have represented Britain’s best hopes for singles medals, were both forced to withdraw before traveling after testing positive for coronavirus.

No tennis player has ever won gold, but Murray's future is feared

No tennis player has ever won gold, but Murray’s future is feared

The former world No. 1 was completely beaten by Denis Shapovalov at Wimbledon last month and appears to be struggling physically

The former world No. 1 was completely beaten by Denis Shapovalov at Wimbledon last month and appears to be struggling physically

Plenty of star names have stayed home, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, but Wimbledon champions Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty are both in Japan, along with Naomi Osaka, who will play her first game since withdrawing from the French Open. .

Djokovic, who promises to become the first man in history to win a Golden Slam of all four Grand Slam titles and the gold in Olympic singles in the same year, takes on Bolivian Hugo Dellien, with Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev the other top-four seeds.

Barty faces a tricky opener against Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo, while Osaka, who would have been the subject of intense attention as one of the faces of the Games even before the furor erupted over her decision not to take her Paris media stints. fulfill, the on Zheng Saisai of China.

Fellow British player Liam Broady makes his Olympic debut against Francisco Cerundolo

Fellow British player Liam Broady makes his Olympic debut against Francisco Cerundolo

Osaka has not played a game since opening over her mental health issues and withdrew after one round at Roland Garros, with the 23-year-old deciding not to play at Wimbledon.

Britain’s best hope of a medal may come in doubles, although Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury faced a tough draw against France’s second-placed Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.

Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski take on the Argentine duo Andres Molteni and Horacio Zeballos.

Registrations for the mixed doubles will be announced on Tuesday.

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