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Scotland's Jamie Murray at Commonwealth Games in Delhi

Jamie Murray at Team Scotland's welcome reception
Jamie Murray at Team Scotland's welcome reception

By Jamie Murray
Tennis star with Team Scotland in Delhi

Greetings from the Commonwealth Games athletes' village in Delhi. I arrived in the small hours of Friday morning and am already enjoying being part of Team Scotland.

This could be the only chance I get to represent Scotland in tennis so I'm determined to make the most of it.

I'm enjoying the whole experience of being in a multisport event because tennis can be quite a lonely sport at times, with everybody focused on doing the same thing.

In other sports - say an athletics event - there are lots of people around from different disciplines. Tennis may have singles and doubles but it's just one sport.

Here, there are athletes from all over the world, all shapes and sizes. It's great to meet people and learn about how they train and compete.

We have a great gym and practice facilities in the village and, although the venue is 40 minutes away, it's a great facility that has been upgraded since I played there a few years ago.

Gavin Rumgay
Rumgay competed in the 2002 Games in Manchester

The accommodation block fine for us, with everything we need, and the food hall is brilliant - food from all over the world, available almost 24 hours a day.

I've already been to a team reception with all the Scottish athletes, welcoming us to Delhi, and it was good to have everyone together.

Gavin Rumgay, the table tennis player, was the only member of the team I knew personally before getting here, as we played tennis together when we were growing up.

Otherwise I just know the names but that's what this event is all about - meeting people from your country and all over the world.

One of the first people I ran into was Ross Henderson, Scotland's boxer in the 91kg super-heavyweight category. I don't think I'd want to mess with him too much.

Our team got a few funny looks from other athletes as we walked through the village in our kilts and I'm sure there will be a few more glances when we parade in them at Sunday's opening ceremony.

Because we begin competition on Monday, some of the guys have been asking if we're going to go to the opening ceremony but for me that's the whole point - to march with countrymen and women and represent Scotland.

The draw came out on Friday and I'm competing in the singles, men's doubles and mixed doubles.

Scotland were struggling to fill the singles spots so they asked doubles players to get involved. I haven't played singles for a while but I've got nothing to lose. In the first round I face Rodney Careh, a guy from the Bahamas.

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I was expecting to play mixed doubles with Elena Baltacha but she had to pull so I'm now partnered with Mhairi Brown.

The men's doubles is where we're looking to do well. Colin Fleming and I used to play together when coming through the ranks, including at Wimbledon four years ago.

He took two years off to finish his degree and we haven't played together recently but we've got that past experience in our favour.

On paper I think we're the third-strongest in the event but they didn't use doubles rankings to come up with the seedings.

We're seeded fifth and have a tough draw, playing the Indian number two seeds in the first round but, if we get through that, I think we've got a great shot at winning gold.

Jamie Murray was speaking to BBC Sport's Martin Gough



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