Andy Murray: Olympic Village Hinders Chance For Gold

Andy Murray
Andy Murray at Wimbledon, London, July 31, 2012. Murray has chosen to find accommodation outside the Olympic Village. Clive Brunskill/Getty

Andy Murray will not be staying in the Olympic Village during Rio 2016 as he looks to defend the title he won four years ago.

Instead, the 28-year-old plans to live in an apartment outside of the village with the rest of his team, after learning from past ventures at the Olympic Games.

"When I stayed in the village in Beijing (in 2008) I had a great time, but my tennis was pretty bad there," Murray said. "I did something different during London (in 2012) and that worked out well for me."

Murray is currently in Spain playing in the Mutua Madrid Open, where he will face Gilles Simon, of France, on Thursday in the third round of the tournament.

He added: "Although the Olympic Village was very exciting, it's a manic place. I think that's why the players are staying outside."

World number one Novak Djokovic, who was knocked out by Murray at the semi-final stage four years ago, has also confirmed he will find accommodation outside of the village.