Wimbledon: Jonny Marray looks to future after doubles exit

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Jonny Marray is looking to the future after his Wimbledon campaign ended today.

Sheffield’s former men’s doubles champion at the All England Club has endured a difficult year, with a niggling calf injury keeping him off court in recent weeks.

His initial plan to play with highly-rated doubles specialist Julien Knowle was scuppered by his absence from the court, meaning he linked up with John Patrick Smith for their first competitive match this week.

But they were beaten over four sets by number 15 seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Marcin Matkowski, who advanced to the third round 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3, the match turning during a close fought second set tie-break, which the seeds won 7-5 to level the scores.

“It’s pretty tough coming here and playing with someone for the first time, it’s not ideal for sure,” said Marray.

“It is what it is and I thought we were in the match. It was double typical grass court doubles tennis out there, there wasn’t much in it and everything has come down to a few points.”

Marray, who won Wimbledon two years ago with Frederik Nielsen, now plans to head to the US hard court circuit – with happy memories of his performances from 12 months ago.

Last year he reached the quarter-finals of the US Open with British doubles specialist Colin Fleming, who has now reunited with Ross Hutchins, back playing tennis after his cancer battle.

“The idea is to have a settled partner and that’s what I’m working towards,” added Marray. “My ranking has dropped a bit but I’m confident that I’m in good shape and hopefully the injury is behind me now.

“It’s been a tough few months but I’m looking ahead with confidence.”

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