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Tennis: Andy Murray to defend Olympic singles title at Rio Games

AP , Friday 10 Jun 2016
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In this Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 file photo, gold medalist Andy Murray of Great Britain waves the British flag during the medal ceremony of the men's singles event at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, in London, at the 2012 Summer Olympics (AP)
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Defending Olympic champion Andy Murray will lead a four-member British tennis team at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

The two-time Grand Slam champion was officially selected by the British Olympic Association on Friday, along with brother Jamie Murray, Johanna Konta and Heather Watson.

Murray beat Roger Federer in straight sets in the Olympic final at Wimbledon in 2012 and won silver in the mixed doubles. Since then, he has won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open and led Britain to the Davis Cup title last year.

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

Konta, who reached the semifinals at this year's Australian Open and is now ranked No. 18, will be making her Olympic debut.

Britain has selected 122 athletes overall so far for the Rio Games. The final team is expected to number about 350 athletes from 23 sports.

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