Andy Murray withdraws from Battle of the Brits tournament

Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Battle of the Brits tournament through injury. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Battle Of The Brits

Andy Murray has withdrawn from his third-place playoff match against Cameron Norrie in the Battle of the Brits exhibition tournament, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) said on Sunday.

Former world No. 1 Murray returned to action following a seven-month injury layoff at the charity event organised by his brother Jamie this week.

The three-times Grand Slam champion played four matches in five days, beating Liam Broady and James Ward on the way to the semifinals where he lost to Dan Evans on Saturday.

Ward took Murray's place in the playoff match and lost 6-3, 7-5 to Norrie.

British No. 1 Dan Evans won the competition with a convincing 6-3 6-2 victory in the final over fellow Brit Kyle Edmund.

"It has been a long week and a great week," Evans said. "All the players have loved it -- that's the truth. Everyone has been raving about the tournament.

"It was pretty much like a Tour event this week. I didn't think it would be this big but it turned out really well."

On Saturday, Murray warned that the ATP's revised calendar is not safe for players, who will be forced to skip major events due to the crammed schedule.

He also suggested he will skip the tournament in Cincinnati to get his preparations for the U.S. Open in order.

Information from Reuters was included in this report.