Sheffield’s Jonny Marray starts with Dustin Brown

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SHEFFIELD’S Jonny Marray will partner Germany’s Dustin Brown in his first tournament of the 2013 season in Doha. Qatar.

The Wimbledon doubles champion will have a new regular playing partner after Freddie Nielsen opted to concentrate on his singles career.

However, Brazilian Andre Sa, who will team up with Marray at the Australian Open next month, is ill so Brown has stepped in for the Qatar Open, which begins on New Year’s Eve.

Meanwhile, world No 3 Andy Murray lost yesterday in straight sets (6-3 6-4) against Janko Tipsarevic on the opening day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.