'Biggest goal I left': Jamie Murray keeps hopes high for Wimbledon despite Queen's exit

Jamie Murray is upbeat about the prospect of a maiden men’s doubles title at Wimbledon despite a first-round exit at the LTA cinch Championships at The Queen’s Club.

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares will be gunning for glory at Wimbledon.
Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares will be gunning for glory at Wimbledon.

The Dunblane doubles ace and partner Bruno Soares were narrowly beaten by top seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Sailsbury after falling 7-6 (2) 7-6 (3) in a rematch of last year’s US Open final.

Murray, 36, who alongside Brazilian Soares won the men’s doubles title at The Queen’s Club in 2017, has failed to reach the latter stages in either of the first two Grand Slams of 2022 in Melbourne and Paris.

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However, the former Davis Cup champion says the ambition to win a Wimbledon title in the men’s doubles, to complement his two mixed double crowns, helps maintain his desire to continue to play at the top level.

“For me it is the biggest goal I have left,” said Murray. “And I believe I can still win it.

“Until I stop playing or don’t feel I can win it anymore. But I don’t feel like that right now.

“I know we played a good match [at Queen’s], but we’re up against a top team and even though we lost there were some positives in the performance.

“We still have Eastbourne next week to get more time out on the grass. Hopefully we’ll build a bit of momentum heading into Wimbledon.

“I’m really looking forward to playing there in a couple of weeks and giving it my best shot.”

Although his focus for now remains on SW19, Murray is also the Tournament Director of the Battle of the Brits event which takes place in December, after being postponed due to the pandemic last year.

And he believes the clash between teams from Scotland and England will highlight the strength in depth on the British men’s side at the moment.

“It (Battle of the Brits) will be a good showcase of all the best players in British men’s tennis and there is some real talent at the moment,” added Murray.

“Jack (Draper) is obviously doing some really good things on the court. Andy has been around for a long time, Cameron (Norrie) is having a really solid career now.

“Jonny O’Mara is another who is doing well at the moment. We have a lot of players having some real success and that is a good thing for British tennis.”

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