JAMIE MURRAY is heading in the right direction for a doubles DOUBLE — to present British tennis followers one thing to cheer about at Wimbledon.
For the primary time since 2007, when brother Andy was once more absent by way of harm, the host nation has no gamers within the final 16 of the lads’s or girls’s singles.
However that was additionally the 12 months that Jamie received his first Grand Slam title — claiming the combined doubles crown with Jelena Jankovic at SW19.
Right now, Murray continues his bid for males’s doubles glory with Bruno Soares earlier than he and last-minute associate Victoria Azarenka play their second match within the combined.
He and Soares, the No 5 seeds, tackle British brothers Ken and Neal Skupski within the third spherical — and have good cause to fancy their probabilities within the second week.
Murray, 32, stated: “We got here into Wimbledon with excessive expectations and nonetheless have them.
“We’re nonetheless going robust. I believe the highest 4 seeds all misplaced within the final 48 hours or so. I believe we’re the best seeds left now.
“It doesn’t assure something — there’s nonetheless good groups on the market. However somebody’s bought to win it, why not us?”
Belarusian Azarenka is the newest former world No 1 participant to group up with Murray for the combined doubles at Wimbledon.
Jankovic went on after 2007 to carry the highest spot and final 12 months Murray received the title with tennis legend Martina Hingis.
The partnership with Azarenka was a spur-of-the-moment factor which is paying off for each events.
Murray stated: “Bruno was the matchmaker. He texted me to say, ‘Do you wish to play combined doubles with Azarenka?’.
“I wasn’t going to play, however I stated, ‘S**t, that may be a nice associate’.
“I referred to as my coach Louis and stated, ‘I do know this was going to be our 12 months, we have been simply going to do the doubles and that was going to be it’.
“However, s**t, this was Wimbledon and a tremendous alternative to play with somebody nice.
“He stated, ‘Okay, you go for it then, we’ll see what occurs’.”
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For two-time Australian Open champion Azarenka, who lost in the second round of the singles here at SW19, it is a great opportunity to play after a difficult year.
Injury and custody battles over son Leo, which forced her to stay in California for long periods, have hampered her comeback after giving birth in December 2016.
Azarenka said: “I am having a blast with Jamie on the court.
“Over the past few years my coach said I had played 50 matches — but some players have played that this year already.
“I definitely feel I have some catching up to do to be able to play my best.”