Jonny Marray, along with his doubles partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan, is the last Brit standing in top-level tennis competitions this week as he secured a place in the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships semi final.
Having returned to the scene of his Wimbledon triumph in 2012, when he won the men’s doubles event alongside Dane Frederik Nielsen, he may have hoped for better than a third round exit when the two reunited. Even so, a chance to reach the final in the ATP 250 event is at least some consolation. He achieved the feat by defeating Aliaksandr Bury of Belarus and Sweden’s Andreas Siljestrom in straight sets with Qureshi as his new partner. They go on to face either all-American duo Austin Kracijek and Rajeev Ram, or fellow American Ryan Harrison and his wildcard partner (and former Wimbledon finalist) Mark Philippoussis.
Earlier in the week, Colin Fleming had attempted to join Marray in advancing through the doubles tournament but was swiftly defeated in the first round by Nielsen and Switzerland’s Marco Chiudinelli. He also failed to reach the main draw of the singles event, losing out to Brydan Klein (who then went out himself in the second qualifier).
Elsewhere, top British doubles pair Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith entered the Swedish Open but were sent home early with a loss to second seeds Mona Barthel and Laura Siegemund of Germany.
Attention now turns to the quarter finals of the Davis Cup, with Andy Murray leading the line-up at Queens Club for a chance to reach the final four.