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Jamie Murray to compete at Tokyo Olympics

Jamie Murray to compete at Tokyo Olympics
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Dan Evans was due to play singles and doubles with Neal Skupski, but 35-year-old Jamie Murray will now be his partner.

Jamie Murray will represent Great Britain in the men's doubles at the Tokyo Olympics after Dan Evans' withdrawal.

The British number one was forced to pull out of the Games after testing positive for Covid-19 and not having enough time to prepare.

Evans was due to play singles and doubles with Neal Skupski, but 35-year-old Murray will now be his partner.

Murray, taking part in his fourth Olympics, competed alongside Skupski on the ATP Tour last season as well as the 2019 Davis Cup Finals.

Team GB tennis team leader Iain Bates told the Lawn Tennis Association's official website: "I am delighted that Jamie will be joining us on the plane to Tokyo.

"It is great to have an athlete of Jamie's experience and calibre as part of the team and I look forward to the Games starting in just over a week's time."

Murray and Skupski will be joined by Andy Murray, Joe Salisbury and Heather Watson in the Team GB squad, after Evans and Johanna Konta's withdrawals.

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· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
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· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

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