Jamie Murray and regular partner John Peers of Australia have been knocked out of the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club at the first hurdle, losing out to Spain’s Feliciano Lopez and Belarus’ Max Mirnyi.
Murray, older brother to Andy, is a doubles specialist and has dedicated his whole year to playing alongside Peers, but hasn’t quite met the heights he promised to when he won the Brisbane International at the start of 2015. The pair did reach the final of the Barcelona Open in April, with three consecutive quarter-final appearances in the BMW Open, Madrid Masters and Rome Masters. However, Jamie squandered the chance to play Andy and partner Dominic Inglot in the second round with a 6-4 5-7 3-10 loss.
As it happened, Andy is now also out of the doubles competition, losing in straight sets to top seeds Alexander Peya (Austria) and Bruno Soares (Brazil), despite fighting back to gain a set point in the second. He can now focus on the singles competition, having defeated Lu Yen-hsun of Chinese Taipei in the first round. Murray moves on to Fernando Verdasco, a Spaniard of who has an 8-1 winning record and last faced him on grass during his victorious Wimbledon campaign in 2013.
James Ward gave a gusty performance in his first round match against Milos Raonic, taking the first set. However, having come back from an injury, the Canadian started to find his feet and dominated the rest of the match. Brydan Klein, formerly of Australian, was the other British entry in the competition but lost at the final qualifying hurdle.
Elsewhere, Naomi Broady and Johanna Konta were the most successful Brits in a short-lived Aegon Classic, both wildcards reaching the second round before being defeated. Heather Watson lost her first round match to Serbian qualifier Aleksandra Krunic, but still has a doubles campaign against Broady’s conqueror, Simona Halep of Romania. Jocelyn Rae/Anna Smith are also yet to begin their doubles tournament. Fellow Brit Katie Swan, who has received a wildcard into the Wimbledon qualifying competition, lost her first match along with Sara Askew, Emily Webley-Smith, Naomi Cavaday and Harriet Dart.