Marray: Sa will complement me

  • By: Andy Schooler (Twitter: @NetTalkTennis)
  • Last Updated: December 11 2012, 7:55 GMT

Jonny Marray is relishing his new partnership with Brazilian Andre Sa and hopes it will develop into a permanent one in 2013.

Marray (r) and Nielsen have gone their separate ways

The Wimbledon doubles champion's link-up with Freddie Nielsen came to end last month, with the Dane looking to focus on singles in the coming season.

Marray will now partner 35-year-old Sa, an established doubles player who reached four ATP finals with Slovak Michal Mertinak last season and before that formed a successful team with compatriot Marcelo Melo.

Their first tournament together will be in either Auckland or Sydney during the second week in January before they compete at the Australian Open.

Beyond that, things have yet to be decided, but Marray is confident success will see the pair continue together.

"We haven't played together before so we'll see how that goes, but we're looking to do well," Marray told sportinglife.com.

"I was mainly playing Challengers but over the last year and a half I've got to know him. He's a good lad and easy to get along with and the way he plays will complement the way I can. Hopefully we'll get some good results together."

Marray insists he is not disappointed that his successful partnership with Nielsen, which also saw them qualify for and reach the semi-finals of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena, has come to end.

"It was known - we never agreed to have a long-term partnership," added Marray, who has not ruled out the possibility of defending the Wimbledon title with the Dane.

"I understand the decision. He's never promised something and not delivered. It's his career.

"I'm sure I'll play with him again at some stage but now I'm looking to get into the big tournaments with Andre."

Marray was speaking during a visit to the David Lloyd York club, not far from his native Sheffield. He helped coach some of the members and took part in some exhibition matches on a day organised by The Tennis Circus, a company specialising in such events which is run by former GB Davis Cup player Danny Sapsford.

Marray is spending this week fine-tuning his game at an LTA training camp in Spain. His first ATP tournament of the season will actually be in Doha, Qatar, where he will play with German Dustin Brown as a one-off.

Sa's daughter celebrates her birthday that week so he is staying at home before flying straight from Brazil to either New Zealand or Australia.

Sa has won seven ATP doubles titles in his career, the last coming with Briton Jamie Murray in 2011.


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