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Andy Murray selected in GB tennis team for Tokyo Olympics

Andy Murray selected in GB tennis team for Tokyo Olympics
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Andy Murray will be joined by Dan Evans, Johanna Konta, Heather Watson, Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski.

Andy Murray will bid for a third consecutive Olympic gold medal after being included in Britain’s six-strong tennis team for the Tokyo Games.

The 34-year-old is the only tennis player in history to win singles gold at consecutive Olympics having triumphed in London and Rio and has taken up the place available to him as a former champion despite being ranked outside the top 100.

Murray, who is preparing for his first appearance in singles at Wimbledon since 2017, said: “The Olympics means a huge amount to me, it’s a massive honour to be able to compete at a fourth Games.

“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 will also play in the men’s doubles but not, as at previous Games, with his brother Jamie, who had already strongly hinted he would not travel to Tokyo but did make himself available only to miss out on selection.

Instead, Murray will play with Britain’s leading doubles specialist Joe Salisbury, who is also likely to compete in the mixed doubles with Johanna Konta.

Dan Evans has had a change of heart having previously expressed reluctance to compete in Tokyo and will make his Olympic debut, playing singles and doubles alongside Neal Skupski.

Cameron Norrie, who has had a brilliant season so far, has decided not to travel, with the Lawn Tennis Association saying the 25-year-old “has made the tough choice to focus on his tour schedule and the US Open for the rest of the year as he continues to build on his recent success”.

Konta and Heather Watson have both relished their previous Olympic experiences and will compete in singles and doubles.

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Saturday's key events

· Two-time Olympic gold medallist and comeback queen Helen Glover teams up with Polly Swan in the heats of the women's pair (12.30am-4.30am)

· Two-time Rio gold medallist Max Whitlock leads Team GB's charge in the men's qualification, while Rhys McClenaghan flies the flag for Ireland (2am-2pm)

· The first gold medal of the Games will be awarded in the Air Rifle women's final (from 2.45am)

· The men's road race should be a wide-open thriller, with Team GB among those going for gold (3am-10am)

· Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are among the names in action on the opening day of tennis (from 3am)

· Adam Peaty and many others get their Olympics campaigns underway on the opening day of swimming (11am-12.50pm)

· Team GB's women try to make it two wins from two against hosts Japan (11.30am)
· Netherlands and Brazil, who scored 15 goals between them on matchday one, face off (12pm)
· World champions USA look to bounce back from a shock opening defeat against New Zealand (12.30pm)

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