WATCH: Naomi Osaka and Andy Murray hit the court ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Former World No. 1 Andy Murray and Naomi Osaka start their preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as they hit the court to prepare for the Games.

Andy Murray and Naomi Osaka
Andy Murray and Naomi Osaka

2-time Olympics Gold Medalist and the defending Men’s Singles champion Andy Murray was back on the court in practice to defend his medal for the 3rd time in a row as he gets ready to represent Great Britain in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Murray is the only player ever to defend his Olympics Gold and will be looking to make it a hattrick this year.

Murray, currently ranked World No. 104 has also won a Silver medal in the Mixed Doubles at the 2012 London Olympics and is one of the most decorated tennis Olympian and is just 1 medal shy of equalling the all-time Olympics record for a male currently held by American Vincent Richards and Great Britain’s Reginald Doherty.

Murray will be back in action for the first time since his 3rd round defeat at the 2021 Wimbledon where he lost to Canadian youngster Denis Shapovalov after a spirited performance at the All-England Club that saw him get the applause of tennis fraternity across the globe.

Murray’s photos were also tweeted by his mother Judy, who was also his first coach and has been a regular in the players box supporting and cheering her son.

Naomi Osaka prepares for Olympics debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka

Similar to Murray, 4-time Grand Slam winner and Olympics debutant Naomi Osaka was also spotted practising on court as she gears up in her hunt for the Olympics gold for which she will be a hot favourite as the Games are set to be played on her preferred surface, the Hardcourts.

Naomi will be back on court for the first time since her 1st round victory at the 2021 French Open post which she pulled out of the Grand Slam in what was a rather controversial time for the Japanese as she had talked about avoiding press conference to protect her mental health. She eventually revealed of having bouts with depression for over 2-years since the 2018 US Open triumph.

The World No. 2 has already informed about appearing in front of the media at the Olympics and will be looking forward to interacting with the media during her run at the mega-sports event.

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