Tennis: Marray hoping for more success in 2014

Jonny Marray and Heather Watson in action in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon this year.
Jonny Marray and Heather Watson in action in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon this year.
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Sheffield’s Jonny Marray has vowed to put behind him a disappointing end to the 2013 season when the new ATP World Tour starts later next month.

Marray, the Wimbledon doubles champion in 2012, saw his world doubles ranking fall to 41st in the world after a series of early exits from tournaments following a quarter-final berth at the US Open in September.

The 33-year-old was also the victim of his own success in 2012 after not only winning Wimbledon but reaching the Paris Masters semi-finals and also performing well at the end of year World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London.

He said: “It was a bit of a disappointing end to the season after doing well in New York (US Open). Colin (Fleming - Marray’s partner) had an elbow injury so we had that to deal with too.

“I’ve started back in training doing a lot of physical work and now I’m back to playing tennis split between her in Sheffield and in London at the National Tennis Centre.”

Fleming and Marray have now gone their separate ways for the 2014 season.

England’s Ross Hutchins will partner Scotland’s Fleming while Australian Paul Hanley - the player who reached the Paris Masters semis with Marray in 2012 - will join up with the Hallamshire Tennis Club-based player once again.