Murray: I don't have any tickets

Great Britain tennis number one Andy Murray is hoping to be so busy winning gold that he won’t have a chance to catch much other London 2012 Olympic action


The Wimbledon finalist will return to centre court to take part in the tennis for the Games – both in the singles and doubles, where he will be alongside brother Jamie.

But the 24-year-old, who bowed out in the first round in Beijing four years ago, hopes a home crowd will help him spend more time at SW19, and not at the Olympic stadium.

“I don’t have any tickets," said Murray. “I'll watch as much as I can. At the last Olympics, I got to see the boxing and the badminton.

“But that was because I lost early in the singles so I had some time to do that. I hope that's not the case this time.

“Winning a gold medal is the pinnacle of sport so it would be right up there with what I have done so far.

“I think there's always pressure on a player at Wimbledon but when you're playing in front of a home crowd I think everyone would agree you up your game.

“It helps in all sports to have the crowd behind you. I've played some of my best tennis at Wimbledon and I've always enjoyed it.”

Murray, who won over the nation with his post-Wimbledon tears, is a self-confessed Olympics fanatic, and has some vivid memories of Games in the recent past.

And the world number three says that after making the decision to stay in the village, he is enjoying life meeting other Olympians.

He said: “I always remember Steve Backley, and Michael Johnson is someone I remember watching a lot when I was growing up.

“I remember in Beijing watching Usain Bolt and seeing what he did there – it was pretty amazing, how far he won by and what he did throughout the Games.

“I met (eventer) William Fox-Pitt – my girlfriend was very happy about that, she loves horses. I also met Anthony Joshua, a super-heavyweight boxer, so for me that was cool, we chatted a bit about boxing.

“We also sat among the handball team. For me it wasn't specific people that I wanted to seek out and meet, it was just nice speaking to all sorts of different athletes from all of the sports.”

Murray’s older brother Jamie agrees with his sibling and said rubbing shoulders with other athletes in the Olympic Village has made a welcome change.

“Yesterday, we all had dinner in the Village with the other members of Team GB,” he said.

“There are so many different athletes covering so many different sports it's totally unique for us.

“Normally we see the same faces every week – I'm bored of seeing them and I'm sure they are bored of seeing us as well, so it's nice to be around so many different athletes and learn from them.”

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