Yorkshire star Edmund named in Rio Olympics squad

Kyle Edmund.
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Yorkshire tennis star Kyle Edmund has been chosen to represent Great Britain at the Rio Olympics.

The International Tennis Federation announced the a seven-strong provisional entry lists for men’s and women’s singles and doubles today.

Andy Murray will defend the gold medal he won in singles in London and he will also compete with brother Jamie in doubles.

Johanna Konta and Heather Watson are entered in women’s singles and doubles while Dom Inglot and Colin Fleming have made the cut for men’s doubles.

Beverley’s Edmund benefited from a number of withdrawals to sneak into the men’s singles, subject to an appeal, which will be heard on July 15.

As well as having a high enough ranking, players must be in good standing with their national federation and have played either three Davis Cup or two Fed Cup ties over the last four years.

Edmund has only played one, last year’s Davis Cup final, but has been available throughout and would have played three but for injury.

Entries for the mixed doubles, in which Andy Murray won silver with Laura Robson four years ago, will be decided on site.

The women’s entry list has been finalised, and the most notable name on it is Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, who has only played one Fed Cup tie since London but won her appeal.

Wozniacki, like Rafael Nadal, is due to be a flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony, and the Spaniard must wait to find out if he has been successful in his appeal.

Nadal is unlikely to play in Spain’s Davis Cup tie against Romania next month as he continues to recover from a wrist injury.

Other notable names waiting on appeals include Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro and Ernests Gulbis of Latvia.

The men’s doubles looks particularly strong. As well as the Murrays, 2008 gold medallists Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka are playing for Switzerland while Novak Djokovic is teaming up with Nenad Zimonjic for Serbia and Nadal is set to play with Marc Lopez.