brotherly love



For just the second time in this year, Andy and Jamie Murray are joining forces this week in Valencia on the doubles court. The Murray clan took out Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco in the opening round of play 6-3, 7-6 (3). Doubles draw here.

The two were awarded a wild card into the event, marking the first time they’re playing double together outside of their home country since Madrid in October of 2008. The two paired up often early in their careers, even making a final together in Bangkok in 2006. But as Andy’s singles career exploded, he played less and less dubs, pairing every so often with big guns like Greg Rusedski, Tim Henman, Lleyton Hewitt and Novak Djokovic.

Jamie Murray has also had a variety of partners, but mostly has settled on Jonathan Marray, a fellow Brit in 2010. The Murray-Marray duo floats their ranking around no. 90 in doubles these days. None of these three gents, Andy, Jamie or Marray have taken the court for the British team in Davis Cup doubles in the last two years, though Andy and Jamie teamed up for one win at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Perhaps the brotherly love springs from the recent Murray wedding? Are these bros past their water-in-the-face days? Wedding pic after the jump. [Read more...]

british bruises



Well, once again it’s been a brutally bad fortnight for the Brits, with only Andy Murray remaining in the main draw for a chance at The Championships. Perhaps if he’s victorious his coach, Miles Maclagan, will take his shirt off in celebration? We can dream, can’t we?

Picture 1Meanwhile, home-grown future champ Laura Robson went down – and hard – yesterday, losing 8-6 in the third set of her third-round girl’s singles match. Robson made a strong showing in the first round of the women’s draw, losing to Daniela Hantuchova in three sets. She officially announced her junior career is over. Let’s hope this gal is the real deal- there sure has been lots of hoopla about her, right?

Andy’s bro, Jamie, is also carrying the nation’s flag (and the Scottish flag) in Mixed Doubles, the title which he won two years ago in 2007 with Jelena Jankovic. This time he’s paired with doubles specialist Liezel Huber, a South African who now plays for the US. Meanwhile, the entire Britsh press corps was lamenting the failure of its nation’s tennis while I was in London last week, and even the Wall Street Journal has weighed in on how little success the LTA is cranking out.

(photo by getty images)

andy murray signs with caa



Lanky boy Andy Murray has brought in a top Hollywood talent agency to help manage his Q rating as he tries to establish his place in the top five of men’s tennis.

According to the AP, Andy and brother Jamie have signed on to be represented by CAA and also 19 Entertainment. The latter is the same outfit that manages David Beckham.

We can’t wait to see what these agents’ll do for Andy when they start working with him on March 1. Perhaps Jeff Gillooly some of his naysayers? Screen his Twittering? GET HIM BETTER-FITTING CLOTHES FROM FRED PERRY?

(AP)

The Court of (un)Appealing tennis fashion



The current issue of Ocean Drive follows up their Maria Sharapova cover story with a fashion spread featuring ATP young guns Robby Ginepri, Donald Young, Ross Hutchins, Benjamin Becker, and Jamie Murray.

(Click here to read the post.)

trophy watch: i call him “melo yellow”; a japanese phenom; mama murray must be happy, etc.



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This one’s for you, Mikey: Our Sa Watch 2008 begins with the duo of Marcelo Melo and Andre Sa — locals — winning the Brazil Open doubles trophy over Albert Montanez and Santiago Ventura. Leave it to Andre to wear yellow socks on the court. Cute.

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Meanwhile, it was a battle of the lankies as British fourth seed Andy Murray took out Croatian Mario Ancic 6-3, 6-4, at the ATP Open 13 in Marseille, France.

In Delray Beach, Kei Nishikori surprised everyone (including finalist James Blake) with this impressive 6-3, 1-6 and 4-6 upset. Our buddy Ichizo took this video of Kei while playing against Zack Fleishman in Japan last October.

By the way, look out for Ichizo to launch his japanese language tennis blog sometime soon. This is one of the few times I’m sad that I don’t know Japanese. That, and everytime I can’t read anything in Men’s Non-No aka the best magazine in the world.

And we are sure that Mama Murray is proud of her other son, Jamie, who teamed with Max Mirnyi to upset the top seeded Bryan Brothers. (Watch: See Jamie use finger code to communicate with Max.)

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A beaut! The Proximus Diamond Games tops itself with a racquet encrusted with 2008 diamonds (get it?) totalling more than $1.5 million. 1,611 of those diamonds are on the ball itself. Unfortunately for Justine Henin, who beat Italy’s Karin Knapp, 6-3, 6-3 in the final match, she has to win the tournament three times in five years before she takes home that puppy. It’s not an impossible feat, though; Amelie Mauresmo did the same last year and took home the first diamond trophy.

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Singles: Sorry, guys. I was too crushed by the early loss of Guga Kuerten in singles (and doubles, actually) at the Brasil Open to care about who won. Props to Nicolas Almagro for besting mainstay Carlos Moya 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-5.

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Lastly, Flavia Pennetta wore her multi-collared Sergio Tacchini all the way to a title at the Vina del Mar tourney in Vina del Mar, Chile. Her opponent: Klara Zakopalova.

(Mirnyi/Murray video via ATP; photos by Getty Images)

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