TENNIS: Marray gears up for Auckland challenge

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SHEFFIELD ace Jonny Marray has his final warm up before the Australian Open this week when he takes part in the Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand.

Marray, who was knocked out in the semi-finals of the ExxonMobil Qatar Open last week in his first tournament of the 2013 season, will team up with new doubles partner Andre Sa.

In Doha, Marray played with German Dustin Brown, but Brazil’s Sa is set to be his regular partner on the ATP World Tour. The duo will play Xavier Malisse and Frank Moser in the first round in Auckland of the ATP World Tour 250 event, which has a prize of $23,770 for the winning team.

Meanwhile, British number one Andy Murray defended his Brisbane International title with a straight-sets victory over Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov yesterday.