Tennis: Marray begins year Down Under


Jonny Marray will begin his 2014 at the Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand next week.

The 32-year-old will play two tournaments in the southern hemisphere before returning to Europe. The second event, and first major of the year, is the Australian Open in Melbourne, which starts on January 13.

Marray said he can’t wait to return to the court: “I’m looking forward to the start of the season and teaming up with my new partner Paul Hanley.

“I’ve had a really good preseason and feeling fresh and positive heading in to the New Year.”

Marray has entered 2014 ranked 41st in the world with Hanley 66th. A strong start to the season is needed to gain entry to the ATP Tour’s most prestigious tournaments.