By Ros Satar, at the No.1 Court Celebration, Wimbledon
- Jamie Murray plays down chance of playing doubles this year with Andy Murray
WIMBLEDON, UK – Jamie Murray played his part in helping christen the new No. 1 Court at Wimbledon, before confirming that there are no plans to team up with brother Andy at this year’s Championships.
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Jamie Murray joined forces first with Goran Ivanisevic and then with Wimbledon legend Martina Navratilova as the new roof on No. 1 Court was unveiled in a public celebration.
Although he might have been on the losing side of both encounters, everything was played in high spirits as the grass beckons after the second Slam of the year in Paris, which starts on Sunday 26 May.
But the question that remains on many British tennis-minded folks’ minds (fans and pundits alike) is how his brother is doing.
Three-time Slam winner, former No. 1 and a two-time Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray is still deep in the rehab after hip surgery, following a tearful announcement of an imminent retirement at the Australian Open.
Reports from Judy Murray have indicated that Murray junior is pain free, has been hitting balls, playing golf, and most recently getting himself knighted by Prince Charles.
Arise, Sir Andy!
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But what of his much-anticipated return to the court.
Jamie said: “He’s doing alright he’s doing ok. just taking things slow. I think he’s on track with his recovery based on when he got the surgery and what he can do just now, I guess it’s been about four months or so. Not putting a time limit on things which is smart. He doesn’t need to. I guess just try and get his hip as strong as he possibly can so then when he does get back out on court and training, he’s in the best possible situation to find out what level he can level he can back to.
“It’s impossible to tell because nobody’s done the surgery and come back to play singles. So, for him there’s a lot of unknowns Like I said, get his body as strong as he can so that when he does get training, he gives himself the best chance to know what’s going to be possible and what’s not.”
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Double Trouble for the Brothers Murray?
Recently Jamie set up his own YouTube Channel with insights on life on tour, and how he and regular partner Bruno Soares prepare for tournaments. To play doubles with his younger brother would mean shelving his regular partner for one of the most lucrative Slams of the year.
Jamie continued: “I don’t think we’re going to play doubles at Wimbledon this year (laughs). I know a lot of people have talked about that but I don’t think that’s going to happen.
“I mean we’d both like to. Just depends on the situation in both our careers. I mean obviously it was talked about this year because of what happened in Australia, but I don’t think that’s going to happen this year.”
Despite having has some trouble-some times in the past, Jamie has rounded into being one of the most respected doubles players on tour. He and partner Soares are ranked amongst the highest players in the world rankings, and the older Murray is approaching his best years on the tour, having won two Slams with Soares and capable of adding to that tally.
Murray continued: “I think for me personally, these are my peak years in my career. If I go to play Wimbledon and I play with somebody who has’t hit a tennis ball for eight months to a year I’m kind of giving up one of those years (laughs).
“So that’s a big decision for me to take. But obviously circumstances might dictate otherwise but otherwise yeah as far as I’m concerned, I want to give myself the best possible chance to win the tournament. Normally I would have good chance with Andy (laughs) but probably right now is he’s not in his peak moment.”
Murray and Soares will next compete at Roland Garros, which starts on 26 May.
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