Former world No. 1 Andy Murray is extremely excited about representing Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics. Murray, now ranked at No. 104 in the world, is set to make his fourth consecutive Olympic appearance. "The Olympics mean a huge amount to me and it’s a massive honour to be able to compete at a fourth Games in Tokyo.
Leading Team GB at the opening ceremony in Rio was one of the highlights of my career and winning in 2012 on home ground was an incredible moment," Murray said in a contribution post for the Olympics website. "Going to a second Olympics as defending champion is exciting and I am looking forward to the challenge.
The Games are the biggest competition in the world and as athletes we train hard for moments like this. Tokyo 2020 in 2021 is unique, falling during the pandemic and we have seen incredible resilience from athletes, fans and all those involved in making this happen.
"Overcoming barriers and difficulties is what defines competing at this level, the ups and the downs. In so many ways, right now it’s more important than ever that people around the world get to reconnect to the raw emotion of sport, watch incredible performances and celebrate the achievement of athletes coming from around the world.
"As we saw here in London in 2012, the spirit of Olympism has a huge impact on athletes, fans and people around the world. For those that are still experiencing the worst of the pandemic and others that have lost so much over the last year, this Games can be a beacon of hope.
Murray aims gold medal
In 2016, Murray became the first-ever male tennis player to win back-to-back gold medals at the Olympics. After winning the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Murray hopes to do the same in Tokyo.
"On a personal level, the Tokyo Games are significant. My goal is to try and win a medal. Ideally a gold one for my country. I know first-hand the impact that playing sport for a career has on your body. I know how difficult and frustrating that journey can be.
I know the heartbreak of missing a major tournament and the journey of recovery. There are many athletes for whom 2020 should have been a crowning achievement, who will now not even make the rescheduled Games this summer. I truly feel for them.
It’s no secret how much the fans' support means to me and I have great sympathy for the crowds who won’t be able to be there in person," Murray added.