Tennis: Sheffield’s Jonny Marray wins Chennai Open

Sheffield's Jonny Marray
Sheffield's Jonny Marray

Sheffield’s Jonny Marray has won his first ever ATP World Tour event, in Chennai, India.

Marray, aged 33, a Wimbledon champion in 2012 along with Frederik Nielsen, and doubles partner Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei beat No 1 seeds Raven Klaasen (South Africa) and Leander Paes (India) 6-3 7-6 in today’s decider.

The new partnership earned their place in the final by beating India’s Purav Raja and Canada’s Adil Shamasdin 5-7 6-3 10-8 in the semi-finals on Saturday.

The winning team received 250 ranking points and split $22,300.

On Thursday Marray and Lu beat second seeds Andre Begemann of Germany and Holland’s Robin Haase in the ATP 250 tournament.

Begemann and Haase won the first set 6-3 but Marray and Lu stormed back to take the second on a tie break 7-6(2) and clinched the match 10-6 in the decisive ‘super tie-break’ third set.

Marray and Lu had already beaten Indian wild card pair Sriram Balaji and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 6-3 4-6 10-6 in the first round.

Klaasen and Leander Paes beat Spanish duo Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2 6-3.

Marray, a former All Saints school student who trains at Hallamshire Tennis Club, isn’t in the draw for either Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand, or the Apia International in Sydney, Australia, next week, as things stand, so his next tournament is expected to be the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open, in Melbourne, which begins on January 19.