Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray announced the end of his singles career at the tournament on Tuesday, following his unsuccessful attempt to recover from back surgery. The former world number one, who is visibly disheartened, is set to retire after the Paris Olympics but will participate in the doubles alongside his brother Jamie at the All England Club later in the competition.

Murray recently had surgery to remove a cyst from his back, which he deemed significant. The procedure resulted in partial loss of sensation in his right leg, jeopardizing his participation in the tournament. Consequently, Murray questioned his ability to recover in time for his scheduled first-round match against Tomas Machac of the Czech Republic on Centre Court.

In a statement from his representatives, it was announced that despite intense recovery efforts since the surgery, Murray has decided not to compete in singles this year. He expressed deep disappointment but confirmed his intention to play doubles with Jamie and to compete at Wimbledon one last time.

Murray's Wimbledon victories in 2013 and 2016 marked significant milestones, including ending Britain's 77-year drought for a men's champion and adding to his three career major titles, which began with his win at the 2012 US Open. His career has been marked by numerous achievements and challenges, including physical setbacks that have affected his performance in recent years.

Despite his health issues, Murray remains a respected figure in the tennis world, with fellow Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka praising him as an exceptional champion and a role model for many players. Fans have shown overwhelming support for Murray, eager to witness his final Wimbledon appearance.

Murray's spot in the draw was taken by Belgium's David Goffin, a fortunate loser from qualifying.