Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Stepping out of Shadows Has Been No Bother for Big Brother

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Stepping out of Shadows Has Been No Bother for Big Brother

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SIBLING rivalry has been around since Cain and Abel but anyone seeking the greeneyed monster inside Jamie Murray will be disappointed.

Jamie - 15 months older than tennis sensation brother Andy - has found his niche as a talented doubles player and is as happy with his progress as he is proud of the World No12 with whom he grew up playing the same junior circuits and sharing the long drives home to Dunblane in mum Judy's car.

In 2007, Jamie has back-to-back ATP Tour titles under his belt and a ranking of No42, a success that has allowed the 21-year-old to emerge from the giant shadow Andy has cast over British players.

Even if their bank balances are still wide apart - Jamie's career earnings are [pounds sterling]50,620 compared to Andy's [pounds sterling]710,698 - there is no envy. He said: "I have zero rivalry with Andy because he is playing at a much higher level on the tour. I am not jealous at all.

"Andy is No12 in the world while I am playing doubles. If I get inside the world's top 10 in doubles it will not equate to what Andy has achieved. I am happy and proud of what he is doing."

Jamie may h ave stayed a journeyman singles player but for a moment of inspiration with the suggestion last summer from his mother - the former Scotland national coach - that he work with LTA doubles coaching expert Louis Cayer, formerly head of

Canadian tennis. Jamie said: "I struggled with my tennis for three or four years but Louis has taught me so much about doubles.

He transformed my tennis and I could not have achieved my results this year without him.

"Mum is really happy her two sons are playing tennis at the highest level.

Winning my first ATP Tour title in San Jose, where Andy successfully defended his first singles title, was very special. It's a big achievement for two brothers to win titles at the same event."

On court, he has found a great partner in American Eric Butorac and the pair go into this week's Sony Ericsson Tennis Masters in Miami as the No10 doubles pair, with Andy 12th seed in the singles. …

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