Marray handed doubles return

SHEFFIELD’S Wimbledon champion Jonathan Marray has qualified for next month’s ATP World Tour finals, alongside doubles partner Frederik Nielsen

Marray, 31, and his Danish partner will play at The O2 after winning at SW19 and guaranteeing themselves a place in the top 20 in the Doubles Team Race to London.

Their triumph at Wimbledon was one of the stories of the Championships – Marray became the first homegrown player to win the men’s doubles at the All England Club since 1936 – and he is hoping for a similar result on his return to the capital.

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“To be able to cap off the season by competing against the world’s best doubles teams in front of a home crowd at The O2 in November will be incredible,” said Marray. “We had a great run at Wimbledon this summer, so hopefully we can reproduce some of that form.”

n Heather Watson has climbed to 50th in the world rankings following her victory at the HP Open in Osaka.

The 20-year-old became the first Briton in 24 years to win a WTA Tour singles title by beating Chang Kai-chen of Chinese Taipei on Sunday. Watson rose 21 places from 71st as she moved back to British No 1.

“I really wanted to do well this week because this is my last tournament of the year. I don’t think I could have ended it any better,” said Watson.

“Being in the top 50 was a real goal for me and it will push me to make harder goals for myself.”