Andy Murray believes playing for Britain in this summer’s Olympic Games at Wimbledon will be among the most emotional experiences of his career.
The Scot was announced on Thursday as the first tennis player to be selected for Team GB and said he hopes the memories of Beijing four years ago will spur him on to win a medal.
"I’ve spoken to lots of players from other countries, like the Spanish players, who just missed out and they are gutted,” Murray said at the All England Club, dressed in the Team GB tracksuit.
“If you look at the last Olympics, (Novak) Djokovic was in tears when he won a bronze medal. That doesn’t happen if it is the semi-final of a grand slam. It is definitely up with the grand slams because all of the top players are competing.”
Murray lost in the first round in Beijing and he and brother Jamie Murray were beaten in round two of the doubles. The pair will be reunited at Wimbledon next month and the world No 4 said he expected the atmosphere to be little short of spectacular.
“I remember being part of the Olympic Ceremony in Beijing, which was an unbelievable atmosphere and like nothing I'd experienced before,” he said.
“I can't say exactly how different it will be at a London Olympics but what I do know is that when I play at Wimbledon in front of home support it makes a huge difference to my performance.
“When I played at the last Olympics it was a bit of an eye opener. Maybe I got a bit wrapped up in it. I watched a lot of other sports.“I think I will have learned from that to do things a bit differently from last time. I was very disappointed when I finished so early in Beijing, but it gave me a kick up the bum and I did better at the US Open afterwards and I really went for it after that.”
Murray stayed in the Olympic Village in Beijing but said the logistics of getting across London means he will probably make the journey this time.
"I would like to stay in the Village but I live 15 minutes from Wimbledon so I will do what is best for preparation.
“I think a lot of the players are in the same position. I have spoken to a lot of the players and they are thinking about staying in Wimbledon. But staying in the Village was good fun last time."
An avid fan of almost all sports, Murray said he could also take a lot from watching how some of the other sportsmen and women conduct themselves during the Games.
"I have met quite a lot of boxers and I have learnt a lot from the way they train and how disciplined they are with their eating and how they are structured in their training methods,” he said.
“Watching Usain Bolt at the last Olympics was incredible. Sport is pretty much my life. I watch all sports so it’s going to be great.”
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