Andy Murray withdraws from Battle Of The Brits third-place play-off match

Andy Murray has withdrawn from the third-place play-off match at the Battle of the Brits exhibition tournament at Roehampton.

The former world No1 was due to face Cam Norrie in a clash of the losing semi-finalists at the event co-organised by his brother Jamie Murray.

But after playing four matches in the previous five days, in what was his first outing since November, the 33-year-old three-time Grand Slam champion will not participate any further.

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The third-place play-off will still go ahead with James Ward taking Murray’s place, before Dan Evans takes on Kyle Edmund in the final.

Murray was beaten 1-6 6-3 10-8 in the semi-final on Saturday by Evans.

“I thought I started the match well and then like in all of my matches this week, my levels dropped off a bit after that,” Murray said after his defeat.

“I’ve just not been able to sustain a high level for long enough. My game is there, I just need more time to practise and prepare, and I’ll get there.”

Murray has indicated his next event is likely to be the Citi Open in Washington, scheduled to start on 14 August.

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