Tennis Column: Marray’s rest will help boost grass court campaign

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“Frustrating” is the word on Sheffield’s tennis professional Jonny Marray’s lips.

That’s the way he would describe his 2014 to date.

Mixed form and results as well as a calf injury have hampered the first five months of the year.

There have been highlights of course, making a final in Marseille in February and partnering Andy Murray at the ATP 1000 masters in Indian Wells in March were great experiences.

Unfortunately the calf has put pay to him competing in the French Open this week. Roland Garros, played on red clay has never been a happy hunting ground for Jonny but the prospect of missing a Grand Slam event doesn’t sit comfortably for the Sheffield man who won the 2012 Wimbledon mens doubles title in spectacular fashion.

“I’ve struggled with my calf on and off over the last few years,” he said.

“Some weeks I’ve played carrying a niggle but sometimes you just have to take a rest and make sure you look after yourself properly.

“It was a tough call to make, missing the French Open, but ultimately I want to be 100% fit and firing for the grass court season.

“Grass is obviously my favoured surface and one I’ve had some of my best moments on, so in the end it was the most sensible decision to make.

“I’ve been working hard with the medical team at the National Training Centre in Roehampton to get the injury right and I will be slowly introducing my on court training over the next week”

Currently sitting at No. 43 in the world doubles rankings, Jonny’s summer starts on the grass courts of Queens club, the first of the grass court events, immediately after the French open, followed by Eastbourne and finally Wimbledon at the end of June.

Now a member at the All England Club he will spend the next few weeks preparing on the practise courts down there.

He hopes the grass court season can provide a catalyst for the remainder of the year.

“The grass court season is an exciting time of the year, and I’m looking forward to paring up with a new partner, Julian Knowle, said Marray

“Julian has great doubles pedigree, has been in the top 10 in the world and brings a lot of experience to the table.

“I really believe we can hit it off, perform well as a team, after that the results take care of themselves.”

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