Tennis: Jonny ‘proud’ to play his part

Jonny Marray, right, with Colin Fleming during the Davis Cup victory over Russia earlier this year.
Jonny Marray, right, with Colin Fleming during the Davis Cup victory over Russia earlier this year.
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Sheffield’s Jonny Marray is keen to play a part in Great Britain’s return to the elite World Group of the Davis Cup.

Marray, aged 32, was in the squad for last weekend’s victory over Croatia at the Stadion Stella Maris in Umag, which saw Wimbledon champion Andy Murray secure the decisive point with a win over world number 35 Ivan Dodig.

And although he wasn’t used by captain Leon Smith over the three days of matches, Marray played a big role in the previous round when his doubles victory alongside Colin Fleming against Russia in April inspired a come-back from 2-0 down to set up the Croatia tie.

Marray said: “It was a fantastic week in Croatia. It is a massive honour to be in the Great Britain team for the Davis Cup - it’s always a special week. I’m very proud to have contributed along with many others to our promotion into the World Group.

“I’m looking forward to being involved in a big World Group tie next year!”

Marray’s emergence as a world-class doubles player alongside Fleming this season on the ATP Tour and his Wimbledon doubles title last year are among the main reasons that World No 3 Murray has re-committed himself to the Davis Cup.

The Scot was playing his first Davis Cup tie for two years when he beat 16-year-old Croat Borna Coric last Friday.

“I feel we’re ready to do well,” Murray said. “We have a top doubles team.

“Dan (Evans) and James (Ward) will continue to improve, get their rankings up a little bit between now and the end of the year, and we’ve got the makings of a very solid team.”

The 2014 Davis Cup draw will be made tomorrow.

Marray will travel to the Far East next week for the next leg of the ATP Tour, starting with the China Open in Beijing.

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