By Philip James
Fleming/Marray 4-6 6-1 10-2 Fransen/Koolhaf
Inglot/Huey 4-6 5-7 Janowicz/Nieminen
It was a mixed day for the British players in action in the men’s doubles draw at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.
Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray progressed at the ATP 500 hard court tournament with a Champion’s Tie-break victory over Dutch duo Stephan Fransen and Wesley Koolhaf.
The pair were only in the draw due to the withdrawal of Mikhail Youzhny and Daniel Nestor after Youzhny was forced to retire during his singles match against Thiemo de Bakkerdue due to a hip injury.
Despite Fransen and Koolhaf’s lowly doubles rankings of 277 and 334 respectively, they took the first set before the Brits stormed back to take the second set and deciding Champion’s tie-break relatively comfortably.
Fleming and Marray, who have a doubles ranking of 26th and 15th respectively face a tough second-round match on Thursday against third seeds, Swede Robert Lindstedt and Serbian Nenad Zimonjic.
Meanwhile Brit Dominic Inglot and Filipino Treat Huey fared less well against another alternate pairing, losing in straight sets to the Polish- Finish partnership of Jerzy Janowicz and Jarkko Nieminen.
The singles specialists, who were too strong for Inglot and Huey, were placed into the doubles draw after Michael Llodra’s illness meant he and partner Juan Martin Del Potro had to withdraw.
In San Jose Jamie Murray and John Peers begin their campaign at the SAP open against fourth seeds Xavier Malisse and Frank Moser later tonight.
Meanwhile on the Challenger Tour in Quimper, France, top seeds Jamie Delgado and Ken Skupski play wildcard pairing Belgian Maxime Authom and Frenchman Charles-Antoine Brezac in the second round tomorrow.