Andy Murray looks forward to the Rio Atmosphere
Britain’s Andy Murray is looking forward to the unique atmosphere of the Rio Games as he prepares to defend the Olympic title he won in London four years ago.
“Here it’s totally different conditions, different venue, different country, so I’ll try and treat it like any other tournament and prepare as best I can,” Murray told reporters.
In 2012, Murray was on home turf when he defeated Roger Federer en route to the Olympic title but he recalls the event in Beijing four years earlier when he travelled with the rest of the team to represent Team GB.
“I remember when I was in Beijing (in 2008), the whole atmosphere surrounding an Olympic Games is different because you’re around loads of the best athletes in the world.
“It was just nice being surrounded by the best athletes from your country, seeing them coming back with medals, it feels a lot more like a team environment.”
The men’s competition has been ravaged by withdrawals but Murray insists competition will still be fierce.
“It’s still a pretty strong field, a lot of the top-20 players are here even if unfortunately there’s a few of the top 10 missing,”
Murray will play in the doubles tournament with his brother Jamie in addition to defending his Olympic singles crown.