Tennis: Marray relishing chance to take on Bryan brothers

Jonny Marray, right, and Colin Fleming lost against Mike and Bob Bryan in the last eight of the US Open in 2013. Marray is now partnered by Paul Hanley.
Jonny Marray, right, and Colin Fleming lost against Mike and Bob Bryan in the last eight of the US Open in 2013. Marray is now partnered by Paul Hanley.
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Sheffield’s Jonny Marray says he has no fears about playing the No 1 seed Bryan brothers in the first round of the Australian Open.

Marray and doubles partner Paul Hanley have been drawn against reigning champions Mike and Bob Bryan this week but it’s an encounter that isn’t worrying the 32-year-old former All Saints school student.

“It’s not the best first round draw but it’s a great opportunity to test yourself against the best team in the world,” said Marray.

“We’ve got nothing to fear having beaten them as a team the last time I played with Paul in the Paris Masters in 2012.

“I also beat them at Wimbledon in the semi-final with Freddy Nielsen that year.

“The last time I played them was in the quarter-finals of the US Open last year with Colin Fleming, but it was a close match.”

Marray has teamed-up with Hanley this season after Fleming returned to his long term doubles partner Ross Hutchins. The duo lost in the first round of the Heineken Open in Auckland last week but Marray said there were positive signs.

“It was the first time we had played and trained together for over a year.

“It can take a bit of time to adjust to a new partnership and work out how best to use our individual strengths in order to create a strong team.

“We played okay but were a bit match rusty.

“We’ll take the positives out of it as we didn’t play our best but had a chance to win the second set.”

“We had a good few days practice in Auckland before flying to Melbourne and managed to have a lot of time on court together.”