Jonny Marray may never have competed alongside doubles partner John-Patrick Smith but there was to be no teething problems for the pair in their opening match at Wimbledon.
Sheffield’s Marray and partner Smith surged into the second round of the men’s doubles with a straight sets win over Andreas Siljestrom and Igor Zelenay.
Former men’s doubles champion Marray and Australian Smith took the first set 6-4 before edging a tight second 7-5 and completing the win with a 6-4 triumph in the third.
“I was supposed to play Queen’s, Eastbourne and Wimbledon with Julian Knowle, but a return of a niggling calf injury kept me out of those events,” said Marray. “With that in mind, it has been great to start this new partnership with the straight sets win with JP.
“It’s our first competitive match together but in the doubles game you learn to adapt quickly to new partners and we have both been playing for long enough to know that.
“I get a special feeling when I come back here in the grass court season. My win two years ago brings back amazing memories and I’m looking forward to getting as far as we can this year.
Marray was also delighted to see a familiar face back on court SW19, with Ross Hutchins making his first competitive Wimbledon appearance since beating cancer last year.
“It’s amazing to see Ross Hutchins back on court here again,” added Marray. “It’s just over a year since he got his all clear. He’s a friend of mine and it massive that he got through it all but then to be back competing again is hugely impressive. It’s such a great story and we’re all so happy for him.”