Mixed news for Sheffield tennis star Jonathan Marray

Jonny Marray
Jonny Marray

There was good news and bad news for Sheffield’s Jonathan Marray at Wimbledon yesterday.

The bad news was that Marray and his mixed doubles partner Anna Smith lost 6-4 6-4 to Artem Sitak of New Zealand and Anastasia Rodionova of Australia.

The good news was the 34-year old’s troublesome right calf held up ahead of today’s highly anticipated men’s doubles match in which Marray and partner Frederik Nielsen, the 2012 Wimbledon champions returning to the All England Club for the first time as a duo since that title win, take on the number 16 seeds Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah of Colombia for a place in the third round.

“I know a bit about them,” says Marray.

“They’ve been playing together a good few years now so they’ve got that rhythm and understanding. They’re a good partnership and it’s going to be a tough match.

“The calf’s fine. It feels good. It has limited the amount I’ve been able to practice.

“Fred likes to hit as many balls as possible whereas I’ve had to manage my calf.

“I only stepped back on court just over a week ago and can only practice for about 45 minutes or an hour at a time. I’ve had to build myself back up and not hit many serves because that’s dangerous with a calf until it’s completely strong again. But I’m getting there.”