Tennis: Marray and Murray are together at last

Jonny Marray with his Wimbledon doubles trophy.
Jonny Marray with his Wimbledon doubles trophy.
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Sheffield’s Jonny Marray will partner Wimbledon singles champion Andy Murray in this week’s ATP Masters Series Event at Indian Wells in the United States.

Marray, who won the Wimbledon doubles title in 2012 with Freddie Nielsen, has had a solid start to the season alongside Australian Paul Hanley.

The 32-year-old also teamed up with Russian Dmitry Tursunov at last week’s Dubai Open. Ranked 43 in the world Marray has to switch partners to gain entry into the different levels of ATP tournaments.

For the 250 Series events he is able to play alongside Hanley, who is ranked 77 in the world. They recently finished runner-up in the Open 13 in Marseille, France.

However, for the 500 Series and Masters Series tournaments he needs to be partnered with either a leading singles player such as double Grand Slam champion Murray or Tursunov, who is ranked 30th in the world.

Marray and Murray have been drawn against Argentinian Juan Monaco and France’s Gael Monfils in the first round.

In the singles Murray will play either qualifier Dusan Lajovic or Lukas Rosol in the second round after receiving a bye through the first round.