Four tennis stars named for Rio 2016
Rio 2016

Four tennis stars named for Rio 2016

10 June 2016 / 14:55

Anyone for tennis? Let's meet the team heading to Rio 2016!

Andy Murray will look to retain his Olympic crown after being named today as one of four tennis athletes to represent Team GB at this summer's Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Murray will be joined by older brother Jamie while world number 18 Johanna Konta will make her Olympic debut and Heather Watson returns for her second Games.

Andy and Jamie Murray selected for Rio 2016

Four years ago saw Murray claim gold in the men’s singles with a watershed victory over Roger Federer at the All England Club while he also claimed a silver medal in the mixed doubles.

Since then he has gone from strength to strength with two Grand Slam titles, including the 2013 Wimbledon title, while he and Jamie proved integral to Great Britain’s Davis Cup triumph in 2015.

Johanna Konta selected for Rio 2016

Konta meanwhile has enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2016 after she became the first British woman in 32 years to reach a Grand Slam semi-final after getting to the final four of the Australian Open.

Team GB have amassed more tennis medals than any other nation at the Olympic Games with 44 and sit second in the medal table behind the USA who have 20 gold medals to Team GB’s 17.

All four of the players earned selection by virtue of the world rankings. The selection of the tennis squad brings the total number of athletes selected to Team GB for Rio 2016 to 122.

The selected athletes are:

Johanna Konta
Andy Murray
Jamie Murray
Heather Watson

Heather Watson selected for Rio 2016

“Playing for Team GB during London 2012 gave me some of the best memories I have in sport," said Murray.

“Being a home Olympic Games, it was such a special occasion and the atmosphere at Wimbledon was like nothing I have ever experienced. 

“I watched Mo, Greg and Jess win gold the night before my final and it definitely helped inspire me.  Winning medals for your country is as good as it gets and I can’t wait to get to Rio to try and win more medals.”

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