Dave Marray Tennis Column: How Jonny and Freddie have been preparing at Wimbledon

Jonny Marray and Fred Neilsen after winning the Wimbledon Doubles title in 2012
Jonny Marray and Fred Neilsen after winning the Wimbledon Doubles title in 2012
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Pimms and lemonade, strawberries & cream and the Great British summer can only mean one thing…..Wimbledon.

For tennis fans in the UK it doesn’t get bigger than this, but listen to the players and you realise that it doesn’t get bigger than this, tennis wise, period!

I’m lucky enough to be working down at Wimbledon this year with my brother Jonny. Since the piece I wrote a fortnight ago Jonny and his partner from his 2012 Mens Doubles victory Freddie Nielsen have got together again for another go at the title.

Now they do say “never go back” but in their case it was an easy decision. Having spent the last four days working with them its clear to see that they are so comfortable with each other on court. Jonny is the most relaxed I’ve seen him on court for a few months and Freddie, well he is just Freddie, late for everything!

The boys started their tournament with what on paper looked to be a tricky 1st round match against Indian player Purav Raja and Frenchman Fabrice Martin. These guys are a specialist doubles team, bnut Jonny and Freddie managed to make it through, 3-1, after a great start in winning the first two sets.

Our week to date has consisted of a few days practise and an exhibition match at another famous tennis club in London, Hurlingham Tennis Club.

Every year at this time Hurlingham Club showcase their facility to members of the public.

The tennis players who are over here for Wimbledon use the exhibition invites as a way of getting some extra matches before the big event starts. Practise is great to work on specific areas but these guys thrive on being in a match environment so exhibition matches are a great way of supplementing the hard training that goes into preparing for tournaments.

Jonny and Freddie are ready to get going now and with focus on their individual and team strengths, a positive mindset as well as some luck, they can get on a run and see where it takes them.

Mens Sheffield & District final day

This weekend sees the culmination of the Mens Sheffield and district leagues. Abbeydale look like they will be crowned Division 1 champions this year if they can win their last match. With relegation and promotion still up for grabs in all 7 divisions, there should be some thrilling action and pressure this weekend! Good luck to all the teams playing for something.

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