PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 01: Jamie Murray of Great Britain, parter of Bruno Soares of Brazil plays a backhand in their mens doubles first round match against Luke Bambridge and Dominic Inglot of Great Britain during day three of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros on June 01, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Tennis | Doubles Round Up | Murray claims doubles title in ATP 250 Qatar

By Glenys Furness

  • Jamie Murray claimed the doubles title in Doha
  • Brit was top seed
  • Didn’t drop a set until the final
DOHA, QATAR – Jamie Murray with Michael Venus were the top seeds in the ATP 250 event. The Brit/Kiwi didn’t drop a set until the final.


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Jamie Murray with Michael Venus were the top seeds in Doha. In the first round the Brit/Kiwi drew Tallon Griekspoor & Bart Stevens. The Dutch pair stayed with the top seeds at the start of the match, forcing a first set tiebreak. The tiebreak was very close but eventually, the top seeds edged through and took the lead. The second set was more of the same, but this time Murray & Venus broke right at the end to avoid a tiebreak and moved through in straight sets 7-6(5), 7-5.

The quarter-final saw the top seeds against Wesley Koolhof & Nikola Mektic. Murray & Venus stayed with the Dutch/Croatian pair and managed to break serve and take the lead. The second set was very close again and went to a tiebreak. In the breaker the top seeds dominated Koolhof & Mektic and moved into the next round 6-4, 7-6(2).

In the semi-final the Brit/Kiwi were against Ariel Behar & Adam Pavlasek. The first set saw the top seeds once again stay with their opponents. Again, like in the quarter-final Murray & Venus broke serve and took the lead. The second set was again really close. It went to a tiebreak and the top seeds edged through to book a spot in the final 6-4, 7-6(5).

The final saw the Brit/Kiwi against Italians Lorenzo Musetti & Lorenzo Sonego. The first set saw neither pair giving an inch and eventually, a tiebreak ensued. Murray & Venus dominated the breaker and didn’t drop a point. The second set saw Musetti & Sonego dominate the top seeds and level up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak the top seeds edged through and lifted the title 7-6(0), 2-6, 10-8.



Doubles Round Up

Lloyd Glasspool with Jean-Julien Rojer were defeated by Andreas Mies & John-Patrick Smith in the quarter-final in Doha 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.

Joe Salisbury with Rajeev Ram were defeated by Julian Cash & Robert Galloway in the first round in Rio 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-8.

Julian Cash with Robert Galloway were defeated by Sadio Doumbia & Fabien Reboul in the quarter-final in Rio 6-4, 3-6, 10-5.

Jack Draper & Dan Evans were defeated by William Blumberg & Casper Ruud in the first round in Los Cabos 6-3, 6-3.

Neal Skupski with Santiago Gonzalez were defeated by Gonzalo Escobar & Aleksandr Nedovyesov in the quarter-final in Los Cabos 3-6, 7-6(2), 10-6.

Luke Johnson with Patrik Niklas-Salminen were defeated by Constatin Frantzen & Hendrik Jebens in the quarter-final in Pau 6-3, 7-6(7).

Charles Dossetter with Tushar Sharma were defeated by Peter Heller & Dominik Kellovsky in the first round in Hammemet 6-1, 6-1.

Jay Clarke with Sathi Reddy Chirala were defeated by Niccolo Catini & Gabriele Maria Noce in the first round in Hammemet 6-4, 6-4.

Summer Yardley with Luisa Hrda were defeated by Laura Boehner & Chantal Sauvant in the quarter-final in Hammamet 6-2, 6-4.

Talia Neilson-Gatenby with Arina Bulatova were defeated by Audrey Albie & Manon Arcangioli in the quarter-final in Monastir 6-4, 6-3.

Ali Collins with Alexandra Eala were defeated by Alicia Barnett & Anna-Lena Friedsam in the quarter-final in Porto 6-3, 6-4.

Alicia Barnett with Anna-Lena Friedsam were defeated by Francisca Jorge & Matilde Jorge in the semi-final in Porto 6-2, 6-3.

Madeleine Brooks with Eudice Chong were defeated by Anna Bondar & Celine Naef in the semi-final in Porto 6-4, 5-7, 10-4.

Oliver Okonkwo with Lucas Horve were defeated by Mac Kiger & Benjamin Sigouin in the semi-final in Naples, Florida 7-6(4), 6-4.

Giles Hussey & Harry Wendelken were defeated by Michiel De Krom & Diego Fernandez Flores in the first round in Villena 7-5, 6-3.

James Davis & Matthew Summers were defeated by Alex Knaff & Adria Soriano Barrera in the semi-final in Villena 4-6, 6-4, 10-5.

Emile Hudd & David Stevenson were defeated by Aleksandre Bakshi & David Perez Sanz in the semi-final in Sharm-El-Sheikh 7-6(6), 7-6(2).

Ben Jones with Phillip Henning were defeated by Aleksandre Bakshi & David Perez Sanz in the final in Sharm-El-Sheikh 4-6, 6-2, 10-4.

Sarah Beth Grey & Eden Silva were defeated by Miyu Kato & Aidila Sutjiadi in the first round in Dubai 6-4, 6-2.

Katie Swan with Priscilla Hon were defeated by Sayaka Ishii & Lanlana Tararudee in the first round in Traralgon 6-2, 6-2.

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