In a week where British tennis has come under the microscope after a clean sweep of first-round singles exits, doubles players Jamie Murray, Neal Skupski and Joe Salisbury served a timely reminder that there is strength in depth in that format of the sport.
Murray and Skupski booked their spots in the quarter-finals with a three sets win over second seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos, while Salisbury and American partner Rajeev Ram – who are yet to drop a set – cruised past French pair Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin.
There has been a British doubles Grand Slam champion in each year since 2016.
Prior to this year, seven-time Slam champion Murray has won a major in each of those seasons. Salisbury maintained British tennis’ good run in doubles Slams by winning the Australian Open at the start of this heavily disrupted year and he and Ram have already qualified for the season-ending ATP Finals.
Murray and Skupski are on course to join them there. (Metro)