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London 2012: Andy Murray determined to avoid Olympic distractions

Cheap Oakleys has vowed to focus on his own game and not get carried away by the Olympic hype in London, after admitting that his performance suffered in Beijing as a result of immersing himself in the Games experience.

After being announced at Wimbledon as the first British tennis player to secure a place at London 2012, Murray said that he was so desperate to be perceived as a team player in Beijing and so excited by the prospect of watching other sports that his performance suffered as a result.

In 2008 he crashed out in the first round in straight sets in the singles to the unheralded Yen-Hsun Lu and won only one match with his brother Jamie in the doubles.

"You need to be selfish and do your own thing and make sure you're prepared as best you can for your matches. Because I wasn't used to being around other sports, other athletes and stuff I was maybe not as focused as I will be this time, and that's because I will have learned from the last experience," Murray said.

"It was just being around other athletes, wanting to go and see other sports, almost wanting to help the team or be seen to be being a good team member. What being a good team member is is performing the best in your sport and making sure that you give yourself the best chance at winning a medal and that's what I'll do this time."

Murray, who has declared himself fit for Wimbledon and altered his training schedule after the tournament to prepare for the Olympics, said his disappointment in Beijing would serve him well in London.

"Having had that experience, I will learn from that and do things a little bit differently this time and hopefully that will contribute to a better performance because I was very disappointed when I finished so early in Beijing," he said.

"You go back to your room in the Olympic Village and there is a table of who has won and who has lost, and which medals have been won, and you feel like you haven't contributed. It was tough, and I didn't like it and I want to do better this time."

Although Murray stayed in the Olympic Village in Beijing and relished the experience, he said it was likely he would stay in his house at SW19 for as long as he remained in the London tournament.

Tennis, which returned to the Olympics in 1988 after a 64-year absence, has proved a controversial addition, with some questioning whether it deserved its place. But Murray said the attitudes of the top players had changed over the past 10 to 15 years and that winning a gold medal would equate to winning a grand slam tournament.

"If you look at the reaction of the players at the last Olympics - Djokovic won a bronze medal and he was in tears. You wouldn't be that happy if you lost in the semi-finals of Wimbledon," he said.

"It means a lot to the players when you're representing your country and it's definitely up there with the Cheap Versace Sunglasses."

The world No4 said that he felt more pressure to succeed when playing doubles with his brother because of his desire to do well for him, but added that he would enjoy playing at home.

"It makes it much easier to play when you have friends and family around you because of the time you get to spend with them off the court," he said.

Trends and Shopping Home is so far the only tennis player confirmed as part of Team GB and will also qualify to play with his brother Jamie in the doubles. Fellow British pair Ross Hutchins and Colin Fleming are also hopeful of earning direct entry but may need a wildcard.

 

Team GB tennis team leader Paul Hutchins said he was hopeful that the fact the tournament was taking place on home soil would make the ITF sympathetic to its requests for wildcard places.

Hutchins is optimistic Britain will be represented in all five events – men's singles and doubles, women's singles and doubles and mixed doubles, which is included in the programme for the first time.

As the British No1 Anne Keothavong is in pole position for any wild cards awarded to Britain for the Wholesale Oakley Sunglasses. Elena Baltacha, Heather Watson and Laura Robson are also contenders. Keothavong and Baltacha could compete in the singles, while Watson and Robson would play in the doubles.

By Kimberly
Thursday, 21 Jun 2012

 

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