Jamie Murray pips younger brother Andy Murray to world No 1 spot


Jamie and Andy Murray

Andy Murray is widely regarded as Great Britain’s finest tennis player since Fred Perry, thanks to his historic Wimbledon men’s singles title, one US Open title, two Olympic medals (one gold, one silver) and countless Grand Slam finals.

Despite these statistics, the Dunblane-born superstar was actually pipped to an All-England Club gong by older brother Jamie, who became Wimbledon’s mixed doubles champion in 2007 – six years prior to Andy’s singles win – alongside Jelena Jankovic.

Now, thirteen years after making his first tentative steps on the senior men’s tour, Jamie will claim sibling bragging rights once again when he is crowned world No 1 next Monday.

Marcelo Melo, the current world No 1, will be overtaken by Jamie as a result of the Brazilian’s second-round loss in the Miami Masters.

Melo and his partner, Ivan Dodig, were beaten 7-6, 6-4 by Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi, just 24 hours after Murray thought his latest chance of claiming top spot had slipped away with his own early exit from the Miami tournament.

Since the launch of the world rankings – the men’s system was set up in 1973 and the women’s two years later – three Britons have been No 2 but there has never been a British No 1 – until now.

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