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Murray disappointed Federer, Wawrinka missing Olympic Games

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Andy Murray says it is a shame that many of the top players in the men's game will not play at the Olympic Games.

Four of the 10 highest ranked stars, including Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, will not take part. The reigning gold medalist didn't seem overly impressed by the reasons given for their withdrawals.

"It was unfortunate with Roger [Federer] and Stan [Wawrinka]. They are two guys who are great players and capable of winning events like this," Murray said after his first practice session Tuesday at the Olympic Tennis Centre in Rio. "It is a shame they aren't here, but it is still a pretty strong field.

"A lot of the top 20 players are here, although unfortunately there a few of the top 10 missing, some of them citing Zika as being the reason and a couple of injuries, which is unfortunate. Normally, most players raise their game when they are playing for their country."

Murray has traveled to the Rio Olympics without his family but insisted fear of the Zika virus was not the reason for his wife's absence.

"I spoke to my doctor, and he assured me everything should be OK. Hopefully, I don't get too many mosquito bites. I don't think it is too bad at this time of year. Kim not coming wasn't down to health concerns. She was never coming."

Murray, who the British Olympic Association has claimed will spend some time staying in the athletes' village, has long been an advocate of tennis at the Games and has been looking forward to a fresh challenge away from the men's tour.

"It is different playing for your country. The whole atmosphere surrounding an Olympics is different," he said. "You are around the best athletes in the world, and you want to perform well for your country and your teammates.

"I remember in Beijing, although I didn't perform well, it was nice being surrounded by the best athletes in your country and seeing them come back with medals. It feels a lot more like a team environment, and I have enjoyed that throughout my career.

"It is my first time coming to Brazil, and I am very excited to be here. I haven't played any matches for a few weeks, and I am excited to get going."