Tennis: Jonny Marray and Colin Fleming join forces

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WIMBLEDON champion Jonny Marray has confirmed he will team up with Britain’s No.2 doubles player Colin Fleming.

The 32-year-old from Sheffield has been searching for a regular playing partner since his teammate at the All England Club, Freddie Nielsen, declared his intention to concentrate on singles.

Marray played with Germany’s Dustin Brown in the first tournament of the season in Qatar and then Brazil’s Andre Sa for the Heineken Open in Auckland and the Australian Open.

The pair lost in the second round in Melbourne against Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling, who have since reached the tournament’s semi-finals.

Fleming’s regular partner Ross Hutchins announced this month he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has already started treatment to combat the disease.

Marray told The Star: “I’ll be playing with Colin now. Obviously it isn’t the ideal circumstances for it to happen because of Ross’s illness but we’ve talked about it and it makes sense to team up.

“Both Colin and Ross are good friends of mine.”

Marray is ranked 18th in the world and Fleming, aged 28, 26th. By partnering each other the pair will be able to play in all ATP events, including the Masters Series, and the Grand Slams.

* See Wednesday’s (January 23) Star for the full story.

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