Andy Murray says it is ‘special’ to be part of Olympic team

A bigger challenge for the three-times Grand Slam champion is the heat with temperatures expected to be above 30 degrees Celsius when he plays his first match on Saturday, July 24.

Murray's limited court time over the last year has seen him drop out of the top 100 and left him unseeded at his fourth Olympics. The result is a pairing with Canadian ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, the 20-year-old world number 15, who beat the Scot in straight sets at the US Open last year and reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon two weeks ago. Murray, 34, also showed signs of his improving form at Wimbledon, reaching the third round after winning two consecutive Grand Slam matches for the first time in four years.

Still fighting back to fitness after a second hip surgery, he could certainly have done with an easier start, but he is determined to give his all for an Olympic tennis tournament that may not float every professional's boat but holds a special place in the Scot's heart.

Murray said he was really enjoying being part of the British team after so long slogging it out in his solitary tennis life.