‘I don’t think we are going to play doubles this year’: Jamie Murray rules out the possibility of playing with brother Andy at Wimbledon
- Jamie Murray has ruled out playing doubles with brother Andy at Wimbledon
- Andy has been recovering from a hip injury and hasn’t played for eight months
- Murray Jnr has been hitting very gently for strictly time-limited periods
- Jamie insists his brother is ‘on track with his recovery’ and is ‘taking it slowly’
Jamie Murray has ruled out playing doubles with brother Andy at Wimbledon this year, in a further indication that any comeback by his sibling is still some distance away.
While not ruling out such a union in the future, the world No 7 doubles player pointed out that he wanted to maximise his chances of winning the title – and that excludes his brother for now.
‘I don’t think we are going to play doubles at Wimbledon this year. I know a lot of people have talked about that, but I don’t think that’s going to happen,’ he said, after playing in the test event for the new roof over No 1 court.
Jamie Murray has ruled out playing doubles with brother Andy at Wimbledon this year
‘For me, these are the peak years in my career and if I go to play Wimbledon with someone who hasn’t hit a tennis ball in eight months, I’m kind of giving up one of those years, so that’s a big decision for me to take.
‘I want to give myself the best chance of winning the tournament and normally I would have a good chance with Andy, but probably right now he’s not in his peak moment. We’d both like to (play together) one day.’
Murray Jnr has been hitting very gently for strictly time-limited periods, sometimes at the All England Club, but is clearly not going to be rushing back.
The 33-year-old pointed out that he wanted to maximise his chances of winning the title
‘He’s doing alright, he’s taking things slowly,’ said Jamie. ‘He’s on track with his recovery and what he is supposed to be doing now. It has been about four months or so. He is not putting a time limit on things, which is smart as he doesn’t need to.
‘He trying get his hip as strong as he possibly can and when he gets back out on court training, he wants to be in the best possible situation to find out what level he can get back to. ‘It’s impossible to tell (how far he can get). No-one has done the surgery and come back to play singles, so for him, there are a lot of unknowns.’
Jamie was one of the star turns before a packed crowd on the arena that has cost around £200million to refurbish and which can now house 12,345 spectators.
John McEnroe, Venus Williams and Lleyton Hewitt were among the others present for an afternoon of lighthearted entertainment, six weeks before the start of The Championships.
Murray, John McEnroe, Venus Williams and Lleyton Hewitt were among stars present at the unveiling of Wimbledon’s court No 1 new roof on Sunday
McEnroe kept the crowd amused with his wisecracking, and titillated everyone with frequent uses of his ‘You cannot be serious’ catchphrase.
Wimbledon now has two venues that are immune to the rain, and Hewitt reported that the grass surface is as good as ever, despite changes to the stadium.
For players and spectators alike the updated No 1, which took three years to complete, is like a slightly smaller Centre Court.
‘I was fortunate to play a couple of times on Centre Court with the roof, and it’s such a similar feel to that now,’ said the 2002 champion. ‘It keeps the noise in and when the crowd erupts it’s hard to actually hear yourself out there it’s so loud.’
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