Jonathan Marray has set his sights on Wimbledon glory once again – and banished speculation that he could be on the verge of retiring.
The 35 year old from Sheffield enjoyed an excellent win in the first round of the men’s doubles competition, partnering Adil Shamasdin of Canada to a straight sets win over the number four seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau on Court 6.
Rojer and Tecau were the men’s doubles champions at Wimbledon last year but were no match for the wildcard pairing of Marray and Shamasdin who won 6-2 7-6, Wimbledon bosses having taken the decision to make all first round men’s pairs matches best of three sets rather than best of five due to the fixture backlog caused by the rain.
“That was a great result for us,” said Marray, himself a Wimbledon men’s doubles champion in 2012. “It was always going to be a tricky match because of who they are. They’ve got good form on grass, but myself and Adil have played together for about a month or so now and although our results haven’t been great we’ve actually been playing pretty well.
“It’s always a bit different when you come to Wimbledon though. There’s always a little bit more on it, and I’ll always have special memories of here. It came together well today. We got a good start which was always going to be vital being best of three sets with less margin for error, and went from there.”
Despite struggling at times over the past few years with a calf injury Marray is currently in good shape physically and sees no prospect of throwing in the towel for at least another couple of years.
“I’m 35 and this year so far has not really gone to plan. It’s been pretty disappointing. But I’ve still got ambitions in tennis. I want to get my ranking back up there and start playing in some bigger tournaments. I’d like to finish off up there rather than down there.
“I know I can compete at that level and results like today show that. So long as I’m healthy, fit and motivated I’ll be OK and wanting to carry on.
“My calf has been a bit of an ongoing issue that has to be managed, but it’s been good so far this year. I’m going nowhere yet!”