Tennis: Davis Cup joy for Marray

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THE disappointment of losing in the first round of the Sony Open Masters Series event in Miami soon disappeared for Jonny Marray when he was selected for the Great Britain Davis Cup squad.

Sheffield’s Marray will team up with regular doubles partner Colin Fleming in the tie against Russia at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena next weekend.

James Ward and Jamie Baker have been picked as the singles players in the absence of Andy Murray, who is preparing for the clay-court season.

Marray said: “I got a little taste of what the Davis Cup is about when I was selected to be part of the team in 2004.

“Even though I didn’t play in the match, to have spent court time and been around the likes of Tim Henman, and Greg Rusedski was a great experience.

“Ever since then its been a goal of mine to be involved again with the Davis Cup.

“It’s an honour for any player to represent their country and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to play.

“Colin and myself played a good match here in Miami and that gives us confidence coming into the tie, I believe we can gain a valuable point for the team in the doubles on Saturday!”

In Miami, Marray, playing his first tournament back from a four-week absence because of a calf injury, and Fleming lost in three sets against Lukasz Kubot and Janko Tipsarevic last Saturday.

After the Davis Cup match Marray’s next tournament will be the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in Monaco, which marks the start of the European clay court season culminating in the French Open at the end of May.

* Jonny Marray trains at Hallamshire Tennis Club and works closely with the Hallamshire Academy of Tennis www.hallamshireacademyoftennis.co.uk

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