Mixed feelings as Marray edged out

Great Britain's Jonathan Marray
Great Britain's Jonathan Marray

IT was Wimbledon showtime for Sheffield’s tennis ace Jonathan Marray.

The 30-year-old finally ended a seven year wait when he found himself on Court One for his first round mixed doubles match with fellow Brit Anne Keothavong.

Unfortunately this was his third match in two days - he’d already played in the first and second rounds of the men’s doubles - and inevitably fatigue took its toll. Despite this he and Keothavong served up a thriller before going down 3-6 6-4 8-6 to Italian pair Andreas Seppi and Alberta Brianti and all four players were given a standing ovation at the end.

Marray said: “I wasn’t really looking forward to playing a third match in such a short space of time but then they said it was going to be on Court One and you just think ‘Wow!’

“To play at Wimbledon is great but to get on one of the show courts is something I’ve never done before since I first competed here in 2004.

“It’s the kind of thing you dream of as a kid, the reason you put in all the effort to do what you do. The atmosphere was brilliant and it was great fun. I didn’t really want it to end.

“It would have been great to have won but it just wasn’t to be. However, it’s great to have had the opportunity to play there.”