Tokyo Olympics 2020: Great Britain Tennis Team Roster Including Andy Murray, Heather Watson, and Others

Published 07/14/2021, 5:17 AM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL : Andy Murray of Great Britain poses with his Gold medal after defeating Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in the Men’s singles final at Olympic Tennis Centre on in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)


Unquestionably, the Olympics are the world’s biggest sporting event and will be held this year in Tokyo, Japan. For this, even tennis fans are eager to see which players get their hands on a gold medal. Most significantly, the question is: Will Andy Murray play and defend his men’s singles gold medal again?

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In 2016, Murray became the first tennis player in history who successfully defended his Olympics gold. Before that, he denied the Swiss maestro Roger Federer in the 2012 London Olympics men’s singles final. Thus, he would indeed make a great addition to the Great Britain tennis team in Tokyo. Without further ado, let’s look at their tennis team announced for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

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Great Britain’s tennis team for Tokyo Olympics

First and foremost, the three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has confirmed participating in Tokyo. Despite his low rankings, his past success earned him a spot in the five confirmed English players traveling to Japan. Also, the Scot will join forces with two-time majors winner in doubles and Olympic debutant Joe Salisbury in the doubles category.

“The Olympics means a huge amount to me; it’s a massive honor to be able to compete at a fourth Games. Leading Team GB out at the Opening Ceremony five years ago in Rio was one of the highlights of my career. Going to a second Olympics as defending champion is exciting, and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Murray said.

GHENT, BELGIUM : Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates defeating David Goffin of Begium to win the Davis Cup during day three of the Davis Cup Final between Belgium and Great Britain at Flanders Expo in Ghent, Belgium. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Furthermore, the former British No. 1 Heather Watson will be making her third Olympic appearance for Great Britain in Tokyo. Although she was also going to play doubles with Johanna Konta, Konta withdrew her name due to COVID-19. Until now, the replacement spot is still vacant.

Also making their maiden entry in the Olympics are Englishmen Dan Evans and Neal Skupski. While the current British No. 1 Evans will also join Murray in the singles competition, Skupski will partner Evans in the men’s doubles event. So far, these are the finalized names for the Great Britain tennis team for Tokyo Olympics.

In a further update, Evans revealed that he tested positive for coronavirus, and so, he would not travel to Japan. Thus, Skupski would have to look for a different partner for doubles.

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What to expect from Andy Murray and Team GB in the Olympics

Both returning and debutant English players would be looking forward to representing their nation. Thus, a medal coming their way will not surprise tennis aficionados. However, it would be interesting to see Murray compete as the defending champion.

Andy Murray of Great Britain smiles on court following his walkover in the Mens Singles semi final match against Milos Raonic of Canada on day six of the BNP Paribas Masters at Palais Omnisports de Bercy in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Additionally, British fans would be excited to see who the replacement for Konta is. Would it be the Wimbledon Championships 2021 wonder kid Emma Raducanu? There is no way to know until the official announcement.

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Above all, Team Great Britain is up for another challenge at the Olympics. The tournament starts on July 24 and will run until August 1, 2021.

Are you excited to see Murray again?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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