Tennis: Jonny Marray shakes of injury to make bid for Wimbledon title

Jonny Marray
Jonny Marray

Sheffield homeboy Jonny Marray will be back in action at Wimbledon this week.

Jonny recently suffered a torn calf that has rendered him unable to compete on tour for the past eight weeks; causing him to miss the build up to the French Open, as well as the tournament itself.

He has also been unable to partake in any of the grass tournaments that come prior to Wimbledon - but now the 33-year-old is fully fit and will be once again competing on the grass at SW19.

He will, of course, be hoping to emulate the success he had there two years ago.

Jonny will be partnering Australian John-Patrick Smith, who is currently ranked at 185 in the world in singles and 81 for doubles.

Smith, who has attained both his singles and doubles career high ranking over the past few months, has only been a professional player for two years but has progressed in leaps and bounds during that time. Smith is a left handed player and possesses a double handed backhand.

He also enjoyed success as a junior having reached a high of No.6 in the ITF Junior rankings.

Marray and Smith have never competed with each other and will have to gel quickly.

Their opponents - Swede Andreas Sijestrom and Slovakian Igor Zelenay - are similarly inexperienced in playing with each other, but nevertheless will be tough opponents, having both once been solid top 100 players at doubles.

If Marray and Smith progress, the 15th seeds (Juan Sebastian Cabal and Marcin Matkowski) could be lying in wait for them.

For now though, the focus is on the imminent Round One, where Jonny will be playing his first match for nearly two months.

Let’s hope he can pull it out of the bag.

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