Tennis: Marray and Fleming knocked out of Monte-Carlo

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Sheffield’s Jonny Marray and doubles partner Colin Fleming are out of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

The British duo were beaten in straight sets (6-4 6-1) by the in-form pair of Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer in the Principality.

Marray and Fleming had reached the last 16 of the first clay court tournament of the European season with victory yesterday over Fred Nielsen and Julian Knowle 6-4 7-6(7).

However, after losing the first set to Pakistan’s Qureshi and Holland’s Rojer, who won the Sony Open Masters Series doubles event in Miami last month, they were soundly beaten in just under an hour.

Defeat in the last 16 has netted the pair 180 ranking points each and 19,850 Euros between them. Marray and Fleming’s next tournament is likely to be the Barcelona Open, which starts on April 22.

There was further bad news for Britain’s players when Andy Murray was knocked out of the singles competition by Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets 6-1 6-2.

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