|Britain's Andy Murray holds his gold medal during the presentation ceremony after winning the men's singles tennis gold medal match against Switzerland's Roger Federer at the All England Lawn Tennis Club during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 5, 2012. (Stefan Wermuth/REUTERS)
TORONTO - The Olympic gold medal hanging around Andy Murray's neck hasn't caused him to re-think his travel plans.
Murray, the second seed in the Rogers Cup, still plans on flying to Toronto but told reporters in London he isn't sure if he'll play. The determining factor will be, he says, how his body feels.
With a first-round bye, Murray won't play until Wednesday so that gives him a couple of extra days to rest up and adjust to the difference in time.
Bronze medallist Juan Martin del Potro and former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who finished fourth in the Olympic tennis tournament Sunday in London, are planning on playing, according to Rogers Cup organizers.
But until the trio of Olympians are actually on court at the Rexall Centre, all bets are off.
Tournament director Karl Hale said Sunday he received assurances all three would honour their commitment to play in Toronto.
"We communicated with them as of (Sunday)," Hale said. "(Murray's) coach, Ivan Lendl, is coming in (Monday). We look forward to hosting the gold medallist from the Olympics, in singles (Murray), doubles (Bob and Mike Bryan) and mixed doubles (Max Mirnyi). They'll all be here (Monday) and Tuesday."
A handful of big names, including two of the biggest: Rafael Nadal and Rogers Federer, have already withdrawn, watering down the tournament. There were fears the Olympic competition would keep others, like Murray and Djokovic, away but adjustments were made to the Rogers Cup in an effort to prevent that from happening.
"We've worked with the ATP to help the scheduling a little bit, specifically the nine through 16 seeds, where they have a bye in the first round, which the first time in Masters Series history that they've done that," Hale said. "That's helped a lot of the players. So far it's been OK. With the indication of Murray and Djokovic and Del Potro all coming (Monday) and Tuesday, it's worked out well."
So far, anyway. Stay tuned.