Marray, not Murray, ends Britain’s Wimbledon wait
Jonathan Marray became Britain's first Wimbledon men's doubles champion since 1936 when he and Danish partner Frederik Nielsen beat Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Romania's Horia Tecau in Saturday's final.sports Updated: Jul 09, 2012 01:22 IST
Jonathan Marray became Britain's first Wimbledon men's doubles champion since 1936 when he and Danish partner Frederik Nielsen beat Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Romania's Horia Tecau in Saturday's final.
Unseeded Marray and Nielsen, who only asked for a wildcard on the eve of the event, defeated the fifth seeds 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 under the Centre Court roof.
Patrick Hughes and Raymond Tuckey were the last British winners of the doubles in 1936.
Marray won praise in the match for owning up to having touched the net as he attempted a volley, an action which meant a penalty point to the opposition.
"Freddy had a great serve. I had a sitter on top of the net. As I hit the volley, I followed through and touched the top of the net. So basically it's their point," said the 31-year-old Englishman, who had never got beyond the third round before.
"We both knew it, so you own up to it."
Marray and Nielsen achieved victory the hard way, knocking out defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States in the semi-finals and playing three five-setters to get through the first, second and fourth rounds.
Nielsen has now gone one better than his grandfather Kurt who was runner-up in the men's singles in 1953 and 1955.
"Maybe because of my family history I have a different relationship with Wimbledon. That's possible," said the Dane.
"But I don't think the fact that my granddad used to do well is going to make it even more special. I think the fact that it is just Wimbledon, it carries its name by itself pretty well."
First Published: Jul 09, 2012 01:20 IST