Andy Murray admits he’s anxious as he prepares to defend his Olympic tennis title this summer, but he can’t wait to get started.
The tennis superstar has won gold medals in London 2012 and Rio 2016, and is hoping for another impressive victory.
Since then, two hip surgeries have left Murray inactive for some time, and he is ranked only 104th in the world.
The Briton will compete in singles and doubles in Tokyo and will play alongside Joe Salisbury in the pairs event.
Heading into the opening games, here’s everything you need to know about his upcoming meetings.
Andy Murray: When is he competing?
The Olympic tennis tournament will start on Saturday July 24 and end on Sunday August 1.
Each match will be best of three sets, different from Grand Slam tournaments in which men play best of five.
Murray will face number 9 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in the first round. It has not yet been confirmed when he will be in the draw.
The two have faced each other in the past, with the 20-year-old Canadian defeating Murray at the 2020 US Open.
Murray will also compete in the men’s doubles with Joe Salisbury.
The two will face France’s second seed Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Saturday, July 24 at 3 a.m. UK time.
Andy Murray: Where can I watch it?
The BBC broadcasts UK tennis matches so fans can watch Murray live for free on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
Eurosport owns the main rights for Europe and a stream can be watched through their channels with a paid subscription.
talkSPORT will have regular updates from Tokyo throughout the Games while talkSPORT.com will also bring you all the action and reaction from Japan.
Andy Murray: What was said?
Murray: “The Games are the biggest competition in the world and as athletes we train hard for times like this.
“Tokyo 2020 in 2021 is unique, falling during the pandemic and we have seen incredible resilience from athletes, fans and everyone involved in making this happen.
“In many ways, it’s more important than ever that people around the world reconnect with the raw emotion of sport, witness incredible performances and celebrate the achievements of athletes around the world. “
“My goal is to try to win a medal. Ideally a gold medal for my country.
Speaking about having tested positive for COVID in the past, he said: “It happened to me before the Australian Open and I was gutted.
“Fortunately, I was able to compete in another Grand Slam a few months later, but if you’ve been preparing for something for five years and something like this happens to you, it would be brutal.
“So there is an anxiety there, but from what I’ve seen, everyone takes the protocols seriously, so hopefully there won’t be too many problems.”
10 Team GB stars who should shine in Tokyo
Having jumped under 57 seconds and clocking the 20 fastest times in history, Peaty seems virtually certain to defend his title in the 100 breaststroke – more than likely with a new world record on top. Such is the extent of his dominance that his rivals are already resigned to fighting for money.
The Edinburgh shooter heads to Tokyo as the reigning world number one and 50m supine world champion, and a solid medal bet in the women’s 3 × 50 rifle event. McIntosh, who will also compete in the 10m air rifle, also won Britain’s first World Cup gold in 2019.
Dina asher smith
Already the fastest Briton in history, Asher-Smith is used to rising to the occasion and she’ll have to be in the shape of her life in Tokyo to face second-fastest American Gabby Thomas. the fastest in history. in the 200m at the US trials, and veteran Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who did the same in the 100m in Kingston.
McCormack has proven to be a class apart from most of his Olympic rivals during this extended cycle and will start off as a clear favorite for gold in welterweight boxing. His recent victory over Russian Andrey Zamkovoy – who denied him world gold in 2019 – was a clear sign of his intention to go all the way in the Japanese capital.
Jason and Laura Kenny
History is at the rendezvous for the golden couple of cycling in Tokyo. Laura Kenny is one spot behind Dame Katherine Grainger’s five gold medals on the all-time national list, while Jason currently has seven Olympic medals, one short of Sir Bradley Wiggins’ career total of eight. with every chance that the two records are at least matched.
After winning two amazing gold medals in Rio, Whitlock focused on his favorite tree for Tokyo. Despite his recent downfall on his return to competition at the European Championships, the 28-year-old will start as the favorite – but could be pushed to the limit by rising Irish star Rhys McClenaghan.
Brown, who turns 13 this month, will become Britain’s youngest summer Olympian when she takes part in the skateboard park competition. But the young prodigy has every chance of winning a medal, having qualified in third place and having also won a bronze medal at the World Championships in Sao Paulo in 2019.
Glover won back-to-back rowing gold medals with Heather Stanning in 2012 and 2016 before retiring to start a family. Tempted to initiate a comeback, Glover and her new partner Polly Swann rushed to European gold in April, raising the prospect of a remarkable third medal for the 35-year-old in Japan.
Jones was a teenager when she won her first Olympic gold medal in taekwondo in London 2012, and continued her triumph in Rio four years later. Now 28 and also the reigning world champion, Jones is a big favorite to win an unprecedented third consecutive Olympic title.