Jankovic Passes on Mixed Doubles Coupling with Murray at US Open
by Richard Vach | August 25th, 2007, 4:25 pm

Andy Murray’s brother Jamie has shot to doubles success this year, so much so that after winning the Wimbledon mixed title with Jelena Jankovic, he cut ties with regular partner Eric Butorac to apparently find a partner worthy of sharing half the court.

Murray’s mixed doubles success, at least with Jankovic, won’t carry over to the year’s final Slam at the US Open as Jankovic says she took a pass on Murray’s advances to concentrate on her singles at Flushing Meadows.

“I’m quite disappointed that this year I will not play US Open with Jamie Murray because we won Wimbledon together,” said Jankovic, who on the other hand was not so stricken to actually say ‘yes.’ “He was looking forward to play with me, but I had to disappoint him and I had to say no because this is my last Grand Slam of the year.”

Jankovic has smartly assessed that her tank is low after a long season, but hasn’t ruled out a future pairing with the Brit.

“I would like to concentrate on singles and save energy because I played so much this year,” Jankovic said. “I’m running out of gas. If it was in Australian Open, I would play. But this is the last one.  I would love to do well.”

Murray, reportedly, will recover.

“He says, ‘I understand,’” Jankovic said. “He loves to play with me, and I would love to play with him, too. We had so much fun in Wimbledon and we did so great playing for the first time. I wanted to play here as well. But it’s going to be too much for me. He understands because obviously singles is my priority. Mixed doubles is not so important for me. But in the future, I would love to play. I couldn’t ask for a better partner than him.”

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3 Comments for Jankovic Passes on Mixed Doubles Coupling with Murray at US Open

joe Says:

I am glad Jelena said no to him. I would love to see her better her performance from last year and go on and take the title. As for Jameie, eh, cant see him having much success. What was that fool thinking when he stopped playin with Butorac. Wasnt 3 titles enough in the space of a few months?? I dont wish him success in the future.

marko Says:

smart decision for jelena not to play mixed doubles at us open. all her toughest competition focuses exclusively on singles and if she is to have a chance of actually winning this slam, she should put all efforts into it. as for j. murray, he seems like a nice guy, hope to see them do mixed again sometime next year. they should at least defend wimbledon title.

Rach Says:

Completely understand that she doesn’t want to be too tired, but why play women’s doubles?
Jamie should do well with Liezel Huber though.

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