BRITISH tennis chiefs have come under fire for selecting their Team GB players for the London Olympics before Wimbledon rather than waiting until after the championships had finished.
Eight players made the side based on their pre-Wimbledon form meaning there was no place for Sheffield’s Jonathan Marray who on Saturday night lifted the men’s doubles title at the All England Club with partner Frederik Nielsen of Denmark.
Since then internet message boards have been awash with sympathy for Marray, the first Brit to win the men’s doubles at Wimbledon since 1936, while one former player now working as a TV pundit told the Star the decision “made absolutely no sense at all,” adding that it “rewarded failure”.
Of the four men selected to play for Team GB only Andy Murray qualified to play in the singles due to his high world ranking, the doubles places being awarded to his brother Jamie together with Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins.
Although Fleming and Hutchins play together as a team their recent form has been patchy and they lost in the first round of the men’s doubles at Wimbledon.
Rather than dwelling over any Olympics omission, Marray now seems determined instead to concentrate on the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals which takes place at The O2 Arena during November, something he and Nielsen are now almost certain to qualify for.
“It’s something I’ve always dreamed about playing, especially since it’s in London,” he said. “It would be a massive bonus if we could play in it.”