Murray opts out of Olympic accommodation

Andy Murray will stay at an apartment with the British tennis team and not in the Olympic Village in Rio during the Olympic Games this summer.

Murray, who is now married with a four-month-old baby daughter, stayed in the athletes’ village in Beijing in 2008, but not in London in 2012, when he won the Olympic gold medal in the singles tournament.

At the Rio Games later this year the Scot will again opt out of staying at the village, claiming that living under those conditions provides unnecessary distractions.

“I’m not staying in the village,” Murray said.

“I’m staying in an apartment with the rest of the team.

“To be honest, when I stayed in the village in Beijing I had a great time but my tennis was pretty bad there. I did something different obviously during London and that worked out well for me.

“My job there is to try to prepare as best I can and win a medal for my country. I think the best way to do that is to sort of prepare like you do for other events where you’re in your own space.

“It’s different than what we’re used to. I think that’s why the players are staying outside.”

The nature of the village is that there are a huge number of unknown athletes who are as close to sport’s biggest names as they will ever be in their lives. As such, the likes of Murray, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are constantly hounded for autographs and photographs.

While some athletes like Rafael Nadal enjoy that kind of environment, others prefer more privacy.