By Philip James
Brits do well in Monpellier doubles but narrowly miss the final.
The Sud de France Open saw a strong contingent of Brits in the men’s doubles draw with Colin Fleming & Jonathan Marray and Jamie Murray & John Peers both coming within a Champion’s Tie-break of the final.
The new pairing of Fleming and Marray were top seeds and did well on their first outing together but lost a tight semi-final to Johan Brunstrom and Raven Klaasen 6-7, 7-6, 12-10.
The Swedish/South African pairing had earlier beaten the other all-British pairing and fourth seeds, Jamie Delgado and Ken Skupski, 6-2 6-3 in quarterfinals.
Meanwhile Murray, who had played with Fleming at the start of the season, and Australian Peers ousted third seeds and fellow Brit Dominic Inglot and Filipino Treat Huey 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.
Like Fleming and Marray, Murray and Peers also lost their semi-final on a Champion’s Tie-break, beaten 4-6 6-3 10-6 by the French pairing and eventual champions Marc Gicquel and Michael Llodra.