Tennis: Marray hoping for luck to change in New York

Colin Fleming (left) and Jonny Marray are preparing for the US Open. Pic: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Colin Fleming (left) and Jonny Marray are preparing for the US Open. Pic: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A visit to New York City can never be a bad thing.

And it’s a place where Sheffield’s Jonny Marray can’t wait to get to after an unfortunate run on the ATP Tour in recent weeks.

Marray, in particular, and doubles partner Colin Fleming will be hoping for a change of luck in the US Open at Flushing Meadows - the season’s final major championship - when it starts on Monday.

After a solid grass court season, which saw Marray and Fleming reach the final at Queen’s Club and a last 16 spot at Wimbledon, the American leg of the tour hasn’t gone to plan since losing in the final of the BB&T Atlanta Open on July 28.

A first round defeat at the Citi Open in Washington led to the pair missing the Masters Series tournament in Montreal, Canada.

To rub salt in Marray’s wounds he had to watch as World No2 Andy Murray partnered close friend Fleming to the final.

A week later neither played in the Western & Southern Open Masters Series in Cincinnati.

And then on Tuesday night, at last re-united as a team, Marray and Fleming lost in the first round of the Winston-Salem Open against Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky.

Last year Marray followed up his Wimbledon victory with Freddie Nielsen by partnering the Dane to the second round in New York.

He said both he and Fleming are in good spirits despite Tuesday’s defeat.

He said: “We’re looking forward to getting to New York now, obviously the trip could have gone better so far, especially as I didn’t get in two of the tournaments but a good couple of weeks in New York would more than make up for it.

“Both feeling positive about next week, we’ve been training well. We’ll try and prepare as best we can these next few days and be ready to go.”

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