This is clearly a big deal for Andy.. his enthusiasm is catching. Cannot wait to watch.. http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/tennis/andy-murray-i-want-to-win-olympics-1142952“I am desperate to win a gold at the Olympics,” he said. “It would be the ultimate moment.
“To me, the Olympics is the biggest sporting competition by miles.
“What’s good for me, and gives me a chance of doing well, is that I’m at home and with friends and family. I can go home in the evening to see them and it’s a lot more relaxing than other periods of the year.
“And I get to spend time in my own bed, which is a luxury for a tennis player. There will be pressure and stress and what not. But it will be a great tournament, sandwiched in between Wimbledon and the US Open.
“It’s a big summer of sport – but the one I’ve been most looking forward to in terms of enjoyment is the Olympics. The Olympics is bigger than winning a Grand Slam because everybody knows what Olympic gold is, whereas not everybody knows what a Grand Slam is.
“Winning an Olympic medal is something that belongs to your country. In sporting terms an Olympic gold is pretty much the ultimate achievement. You feel like you’re playing for other people, playing for your country. A lot of times when you’re on tour you’re playing for yourself.“Tennis at the Olympics has become a big deal, everybody plays it now, whereas ten or so years ago people would choose to skip it.
“I went to the opening ceremony in Beijing and it was unbelievable.“It’s a bit surreal because it’s such a massive thing and you don’t quite realise at the time.
“As a tennis player you’re used to walking out into the stadium and it’s like, ‘Hi, how’re you doing?’ When you walk out in the Olympic arena it’s just very different.”