Rio Olympics 2016: Andy Murray to be Team GB flag bearer


Olympic and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has been chosen to carry the flag for Great Britain at Friday’s Rio 2016 opening ceremony.

The 29-year-old was picked ahead of the likes of boxer Nicola Adams and rower Katherine Grainger.

Murray, who inspired Great Britain to the Davis Cup in November, is the first tennis player to fill the role.

“To lead out Team GB will be an incredible honour, the biggest in sport,” he said.

As well as individual gold, the Scot also won doubles silver alongside Laura Robson at the London 2012 Games.

“I obviously have great memories of London and I am 100% focused on winning here in Rio,” Murray added.

“The privilege of being the flag bearer is a moment I will remember for the rest of my life and will certainly be one of the highlights of my career.”

Murray is seeded second in both the men’s singles and the doubles tournament in which he is teaming up with brother Jamie.

Team-mate and fellow British number one Johanna Konta is seeded 10th in the women’s draw.