Tennis: Jamie Murray explains timeline for stars arriving in Aberdeen forward of much-anticipated Battle of the Brits – Scotland v England occasion
On this newest instalment, Jamie talks about turning his full consideration to the Granite Metropolis showdown following the top of the 2021 season.
Jamie, 35, a a number of Grand Slam champion in each males’s doubles and blended doubles, reached the US Open last with associate Bruno Soares in direction of the tail-end of the marketing campaign, earlier than successful in St Petersburg and securing their locations on the ATP World Tour Finals.
As we transfer nearer to December’s much-anticipated Schroders Battle of the Brits – Scotland versus England occasion at P&J Stay, tennis hero Jamie Murray continues to serve up a sequence of unique columns for the Press and Journal.
With Scotland’s males’s singles stars additionally trying good when it comes to health and kind, it’s shaping as much as be a top-class tennis spectacle.
Whereas Cameron Norrie is on the cusp of the world’s high 10 – having additionally performed on the Tour Finals – four-time Slam winner Sir Andy Murray, Jamie’s brother, has additionally constructed up a promising quantity of courtroom time, and equally promising outcomes.
With the 2021 tennis season over and Battle of the Brits – Scotland v England now lower than a month away, all of my focus is on delivering a top-level occasion for the group in Aberdeen on December 21 and 22.
Usually presently of yr you’d be trying to go away for 10 days or so for some outside coaching within the good climate, forward of the 2022 season beginning in Australia.
I haven’t made any plans this time round, as I’m undecided how busy issues might get with the Battle of the Brits – Scotland v England developing. I don’t need to go away, be in a humorous timezone, have folks attempting to pay money for me to make choices and delaying these by being off the radar.
Perhaps I’ll go away for a number of days – however we’ll see how issues go within the subsequent couple of weeks. Given it’s the first time we have now placed on an occasion of this magnitude in entrance of followers, there’s much more when it comes to logistics, work load and potential pitfalls.
I’ll definitely be at house in London, spend a while in Scotland and doubtless attempt to go to Aberdeen a few times within the subsequent few weeks, simply to talk to the workers at P&J Stay and so forth.
The gamers will arrive on December 20, the day earlier than play will get beneath method, with plenty of them coming from their warm-weather camps overseas I think about.
I might be up with my supervisor, Mary, on the nineteenth – which is once we take command of the venue – as our staff have to get the courtroom constructed, which is the primary factor and essentially the most time-consuming bit.
Lots of people gained’t realise how lengthy it takes for the paint to dry on the ground!
Personally, my season ended on a constructive observe. We did nicely to qualify for the ATP Tour Finals, the place my associate Bruno Soares and I exited on the group stage.
Nevertheless, getting there was certainly one of our largest objectives for the season, following a great deal of stuff which had gone on through the marketing campaign, with sicknesses, accidents, surgical procedures, Covid bubbles and so forth. There have been so many distractions and it was fairly a irritating yr in that regard.