Andy Murray has been named Great Britain's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana Stadium on Friday night.
Murray has beaten off competition from the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Nicola Adams and David Florence to become the first tennis player to land the honour and was the choice of a panel of British Olympic Association experts.
-- Team GB (@TeamGB) August 3, 2016
"I am very proud to be selected as the Team GB flag bearer for the opening ceremony on Friday," he said.
"To represent your country at the Games is an unbelievable experience, but to lead out Team GB will be an incredible honour, the biggest in sport."
Some fans were ecstatic when they found out the tennis star had been chosen for the honour:
-- Luke Guest (@LukeGBantam) August 3, 2016
Andy Murray is the perfect choice for #Olympics flag-bearer
-- You name it (@freiahill) August 3, 2016
-- Stacey (@castiels_angel) August 3, 2016
I maybe biased but could not think of a better choice than Andy Murray to carry the GB flag at opening ceremony of Olympic Games,Legend???
-- Tennis Solutionz (@Firstballin) August 3, 2016
Andy Murray to carry GB flag at Olympics opening ceremony in Rio! Nice and well deserved!
-- Chris Goldsmith (@TheTennisTalker) August 3, 2016
A few others, however, were not so keen:
I get Andy Murray is great and all that, but I wish someone was chosen in a sport where the Olympics are the pinnacle.
-- Robyn Brailey (@robynbrailey) August 3, 2016
Andy Murray announced as the team GB flag bearer
*searches frantically for his Scottish independence tweet*
-- Fizzia (@LFizzia) August 3, 2016
why ? Andy Murray
-- Andrew (@andrewake11) August 3, 2016
Some were even hoping to see Nicola Adams holding the Union Jack flagpole:
-- Alice Piper (@AlicePiper1) August 3, 2016
Love Andy Murray, obviously, but I think Jo Pavey and Nicola Adams probably had stronger cases.
-- guestofseth (@guestofseth) August 3, 2016
Can't gripe too much if it is Andy Murray carrying the flag but would have preferred Nicola Adams
-- Paul Hunt (@pahunt1978) August 3, 2016
The 29-year-old was possibly chosen for his impressive performance during the London 2012 Olympics - he clinched men's singles gold as well as silver in the mixed doubles alongside Laura Robson four years ago.
The Scot will head a British team of 366 competitors, although a sizeable proportion of the athletes are yet to arrive in Brazil.