London, England – The British tennis team has been told not to attend Friday's opening ceremony at the London Olympics.
All eight players, including Wimbledon runner-up Andy Murray, have matches scheduled for Saturday. Great Britain's tennis team leader, Paul Hutchins, told them they will not be in attendance at the opening ceremony, which starts at 9 p.m. London time.
Great Britain will be the last to walk into the stadium, creating a potential conflict with competition.
But the eight are not the only British athletes to miss the event. Andy Hunt, chef de mission for Great Britain, said last week that he expects about half of the country's delegation to attend the ceremony.