Jamie Murray on the French Open, British struggles & Andy Murray’s future

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In his most original BBC Sport column, Jamie Murray talks about his hopes of touchdown a predominant French Commence title, how Britain is no longer in actuality increasing ample high singles gamers and why Mats Wilander was once pass about his younger brother Andy.

Whereas I possess managed to determine on seven Big Slam titles in men’s doubles and mixed doubles, none of them had been at the French Commence.

Winning the title here at Roland Garros, and at Wimbledon, are my two largest targets till the cease of my profession.

I am 34 now so I must give it everything I will be capable to in the few alternatives that I possess left!

Right here is the first time that I’ve performed with Neal Skupski at Roland Garros due to we started our partnership after closing year’s tournament here.

We have not performed loads collectively on clay however I am assured we can play well on this flooring and accumulate some neutral correct results.

Obviously, it’s a ways rather varied to the assorted surfaces and also you wish to work more sturdy for your parts.

Neal performs in actuality well from the baseline and it helps that we possess two varied styles on the court. Therefore we possess varied programs to determine on our parts.

Earlier than the French Commence we lost in the first rounds at Rome and Hamburg, even supposing we must by no manner possess lost in Hamburg the put we were 6-0 3-1 forward.

But here, in our opening match in opposition to Juan Ignacio Londero and Jiri Vesely, we performed a legitimate match total.

Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski playing in the French Open
Murray and Skupski, whose easiest Big Slam efficiency collectively was once a bustle to the US Commence semi-finals in 2019, obtained 6-4 4-6 7-5 in opposition to Londero and Jiri Vesely

In all chance we might maybe well possess done better in the second jam and take care of extra of the alternatives that we did a legitimate job organising, on the other hand it’s a ways provocative in these stipulations when it’s a ways unhurried and the ball is terribly heavy.

Somewhat a pair of returns are being made and we needed to grind for our parts.

Our court was once one in all the 2 or three that did no longer possess floodlights so we needed to forestall at the cease of the second jam due to it was once so shaded.

The organiser needed to think whether or no longer we’d attain when a court came in the market or attain the following day.

We spent about an hour off court, mainly at the referee’s location of enterprise to inquire of what was once happening, however after a temporary bathe and switch we got support in the market.

Luckily we were in a chain to attain it on the day. We did well once we came support on, had neutral correct vitality and a legitimate thought how we wanted to play.

‘Britain must be bringing extra gamers thru to the cease’

It was once a provocative jam of results for the British gamers in the singles at Roland Garros, with all six of them shedding in the first spherical.

But there had been some provocative draws there and the tournament has reach on the support of an irregular season and been performed at an irregular time of the year.

we’re playing on clay in September and October with very restricted preparation time.

I have it’s a ways dazzling one in all those issues. It is no longer love we reach to French Commence, or any Big Slam, yearly and the total Brits are going into the second week. That’s rarely ever the case.

As a rule it has been Andy or no-one in actuality. I effect no longer feel love it’s a ways something out of the moderate and something that wants to be made a big deal of when put next to varied efforts in Big Slams.

Perhaps the criticism of LTA has been dazzling relating to their capacity to raise gamers thru to the cease of the recreation.

They’ve a nice cheque from Wimbledon for quite loads of, a protracted time however up to now had been unable to raise a tight number thru to the cease of the professional ranks.

You are no longer even talking high 10 or high 100 in the singles. You are talking high 500.

We must be doing a loads better job of bringing gamers thru to that stage with the funds we possess in the market.

‘Andy has loads extra to present’

Andy was once one in all the British gamers who lost in the French Commence and afterwards old Big Slam champion Mats Wilander puzzled his future.external-link

I did no longer agree alongside with his comments.

Andy is doing his very easiest to build up support to the stage he needs to play to and is conscious of he can play at.

Obviously this year was once advanced for him due to dazzling when he was once about to starting up playing tournaments in the States in March the total season got slit again. So it has been very bitty for him.

He has got a pair of extra tournaments to are trying to attain the year powerful and prepare for the Australian Commence in January.

I unquestionably notify he has got loads extra to present. He showed that in among the matches in the States and additionally when he obtained the European Commence title in Antwerp closing year.

I in fact notify he can accumulate support to playing at a extremely high stage and competing in opposition to the easiest gamers on this planet.

Nick Kyrgios criticised Mats Wilander in a Twitter post
Australian player Slice Kyrgios criticised Wilander’s comments in a Twitter put up supporting Andy Murray

Jamie Murray was once talking to BBC Sport’s Jonathan Jurejko.

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