Kyle Edmund confirmed as part of GB team for Rio Olympics

Kyle Edmund, seen above at Wimbledon, is heading to the Rio Olympics, it was confirmed on Friday. Picture: Adam Davy/PA.
Kyle Edmund, seen above at Wimbledon, is heading to the Rio Olympics, it was confirmed on Friday. Picture: Adam Davy/PA.
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YORKSHIRE’S Kyle Edmund has officially been added to Great Britain’s Olympic tennis team for Rio.

Edmund, whose selection was announced by the British Olympic Association on Friday, had to win an appeal along with team-mates Colin Fleming and Do Inglot because they had not played in the requisite number of Davis Cup ties but all were formalities.

Edmund, from Beverley, will join defending champion Andy Murray in the men’s singles competition, while Fleming and Inglot will be Britain’s second pair in the men’s doubles alongside brothers Jamie and Andy Murray.

Edmund and Inglot are part of Britain’s Davis Cup team for this weekend’s quarter-final against Serbia in Belgrade.

Johanna Konta and Heather Watson had already been announced to represent Britain in both women’s singles and doubles in Brazil, with mixed doubles entries to be decided on site.

Team GB chef de mission Mark England said: “In Dom and Kyle we welcome two Davis Cup winners into the fold while Colin is hugely experienced having competed at both an Olympic and Commonwealth Games. The seven players that will travel to Rio 2016 will be one of the best squads we’ve had as part of Team GB and I am confident in their ability to perform once again.”

Meanwhile, 2008 champion Rafael Nadal has also won his appeal and will represent Spain provided he recovers from the wrist injury that ruled him out of Wimbledon.

Nadal was also injured and missed out on London 2012, where he had been due to carry his nation’s flag at the opening ceremony, a role he will instead perform in Rio.

Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, who was sidelined for two years by wrist problems, has also been given the nod by the International Tennis Federation to represent Argentina.

Del Potro beat Novak Djokovic to win bronze in London four years ago.