British No.1 Andy Murray says claiming an Olympic medal is one of his major goals in 2012 after being confirmed by the British Olympic Association as the first name in Team GB's tennis squad.

Murray, the world No.4, has been confirmed for the men's singles competition and will be looking to make amends at SW19 after his first-round exit in Beijing four years ago.

Despite being without a career grand slam title, a campaign which continues at Wimbledon next week and at the US Open over August and September, Murray considers the games as a main goal amid a tough tour schedule.

Andy Murray
Murray will lead Team GB's tennis squad into London 2012.

"I can't wait for the Olympics to start, it's such an incredible event and for it to be in London is extra special," Murray said.

"I remember being part of the Olympic Ceremony in Beijing, which was an unbelievable atmosphere and like nothing I'd experienced before. Winning a medal this summer for Team GB is one of my major goals."

"Maybe 15, 20-15 years ago a lot of the top players were missing the Olympics, whereas now, everybody plays. You're not going to get any of the top players skipping the Olympic Games," Murray added.

"If you look at the reaction of the players at the last Olympics, for example Djokovic won bronze, he was in tears. You wouldn't be that happy if you lost in the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

"It means a lot to the players, when you're representing your country, it always does. And it (the Games) is definitely up there with the grand slams because all the top players are competing now."

"When I played in the last Olympic Games, it was a bit of an eye opener. I maybe got wrapped up a bit too much in it. I was trying to see other sports and watch as many of the other athletes that I could. Because as a tennis player, in an individual sport, we're not use to being around that.

"Having had the experience of last time, I would've learnt from that and do things a little bit differently this time. Hopefully that will contribute to a better performance because I was very disappointed when I finished so early in Beijing."

Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt said: "I'm very pleased to welcome Andy Murray as the first tennis player selected to Team GB for the London 2012 Olympics. Andy has thrilled British tennis fans with his outstanding performances for many years now and I'm sure there will be an electrifying atmosphere supporting him during the Olympic tennis competition at Wimbledon this summer.

"Great Britain has a proud Olympic history in tennis and everyone at the BOA will be giving Andy our full support - as a member of Our Greatest Team - to ensure he has the opportunity to perform to the very best of his ability at the Olympic Games in London."

The Scot is one of the stand-out names in Team GB's Olympic squad, which now includes 248 athletes over 23 sports.

The format of the tennis competition sees the top 56 players or doubles partners in the world as of June this year qualify automatically, with eight wildcards entered at the discretion of the International Tennis Federation, who nominate six competitors and the International Olympic Committee, who have two picks.

Murray will have to wait on the decision from the ITF and IOC to see whether he can partner brother Jamie in the men's doubles, while home favourites Elena Baltacha, Heather Watson, Anne Keothavong and Laura Robson, none of whom will qualify via their ranking, will be hoping for wildcards in either the women's singles or doubles

The 26 year old Murray will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Josiah Ritchie, the last British men's singles medallist at an Olympic Games, who claimed gold the first time the Games were held in London in 1908.