Jamie Murray has said that he is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his older brother Andy and win an Olympic gold medal when the pair go to Rio this summer. The brothers will be playing together in the doubles competition for Team GB and Andy will also be hoping to add to the gold medal he won in the singles at London 2012.
In the past two Olympic Games the brothers have suffered early exits and they will be keen to avoid this for a third time in a row. At the Athens Olympics in 2008 the brothers went out in the second round and in London 2012 they were knocked out on the first day.
However, Jamie Murry is currently top of the tennis doubles world rankings and he is determined to go further this time. He recently spoke about how London was a disappointment for him and four years on the memory hasn’t entirely faded. However, he believes that this is the best chance they have to get a good result as they are both at peaks in their careers.
Murray has recently been on a tour with the David Cup trophy to thank all those who have supported the team that became the first to lift the trophy for Great Britain since 1936. The team began defending the Davis Cup title last month and their next match is a quarter-final against Serbia in July.
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The players will no doubt also be looking forward to Wimbledon where it has just been announced that there is a £2 million prize for both the men’s and women’s singles champions. The tournament has boosted prize money by 5% and first round losers will collect an impressive £30,000. Over the past five years the total prize money at Wimbledon has almost doubled, going up 92%.