Jamie Murray may snub younger sibling Andy for regular doubles partner at Tokyo Olympics

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JAMIE Murray may snub brother Andy at his final Olympics.

The Scot, 33, and his younger tennis sibling have bombed out of the men’s doubles at the past THREE Olympic Games.

The Murray brothers played at the past three Olympics together but without success
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The pair bombed out of the Beijing, London and Rio Games, winning just one match together
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Two-time Olympic singles champion Andy, 32, is aiming to be fit for the event in Tokyo, Japan in July.

And he likes playing doubles with his celebrated brother alongside his singles commitments.

But Jamie is loath to end his improving new partnership with Scouser Neal Skupski.

Jamie said: “Look, my plan just now is to play with Neal.

“Whether Andy is fit or not is a different story. But it depends, I guess, on rankings and things like that.

“I guess we just have to see closer to the time who has qualified as well.

Jamie Murray is one of the most successful sportsmen in Britain with seven Grand Slam doubles titles
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Murray would prefer to play with usual doubles partner Neal Skupski at the Tokyo Olympics
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“For us right now, we’ve played a lot of matches, we’ve played against a lot of good teams, we’re going to be playing this year.

“It makes sense for us to do that but obviously, I guess, if Andy’s fit and healthy, he’ll obviously have a say in what the teams are going to be. Which is fair enough.”

The pair bombed at Wimbledon in their first major together but then reached the US Open semi-finals last autumn.

At the Australian Open, they beat Pole Hubert Hurkacz and Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-4 6-4 in the first round of the men’s doubles.

They now face Americans Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey in round two.

According to Skupski, the deadline for Olympic selection will be around the same time as the French Open in Paris, which starts on May 24.


Jamie added: “Andy, if he’s fit, would want to play – I guess for the LTA it’s to decide who the best two teams are to enter into the competition.

“And truthfully, it’s not something I’ve spent masses of time thinking about because at the end of the day, it’s like one tournament.

“My focus this year was trying to do the best we can with Neal and keep trying to build on our partnership and be the best team.

“That’s what we want to do. The Olympics are not going to change that, whether I play with Neal or someone else.

“Our goal is to finish as high up the rankings as we can.”

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