Olympic Games 2020: Andy Murray in Team GB squad to defend tennis title
Updated: Oct 6, 2021
British No 1 Dan Evans joins Murray in the men's singles event; Johanna Konta and Heather Watson named in women's singles and will team up for doubles; Murray will also play doubles event
Andy Murray will defend his Olympic tennis title after being named in Team GB's squad for the 2020 Games.
Murray claimed his first Olympic gold medal at London 2012 when beating Roger Federer on Centre Court, just weeks after he had lost to the same man in the Wimbledon final.
The Scot backed it up with victory over Juan Martin del Potro in the men's final in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, however, Murray's career has been plagued by injury problems for the last three years.
"The Olympics means a huge amount to me, it's a massive honour to be able to compete at a fourth Games," Murray said.
"Leading Team GB out at the Opening Ceremony five years ago in Rio was one of the highlights of my career. Going to a second Olympics as defending champion is exciting and I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Murray, who is ranked 119 in the world, has taken up a wild card for Wimbledon, which starts on Monday.
However, the Olympics hold a special place in the 34-year-old's heart and he will also play doubles with two-time Grand Slam doubles champion Joe Salisbury as he seeks a return to his very best - he also has a double's medal having teamed up with Laura Robson to win silver in 2012.
British men's No 2 Cameron Norrie has opted against travelling to Tokyo and will focus on the ATP and his recent success, so Murray will be joined by Dan Evans who will make his Olympic debut having risen to a career-high of No 26 in the world. Evans will partner fellow debutant Neal Skupski in the men's double event.
Selected to compete in her third Olympic Games, Heather Watson, along with Johanna Konta - who made her Olympic debut in Rio - will both compete in the women's singles before teaming up for the women's event for a second time.