Andy Murray excited about challenge of going to Tokyo Olympics as defending champion

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Andy Murray excited about challenge of going to Tokyo Olympics as defending champion

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray is extremely looking forward to representing Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics. Murray, 34, is set to make his fourth Olympic appearance in Tokyo. Murray won the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, becoming the first male player to capture back-to-back gold medals at the Olympics.

"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 wrote 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."

Murray underlines the importance of the Olympics

Murray isn't a top favorite to win it all at the Tokyo Olympics but still he is excited about having a chance to play for his country in Tokyo. Murray last played at Wimbledon, where he made the semifinal before losing in straight sets to Canadian tennis star Denis Shapovalov.

"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."