Jankovic Passes on Mixed Doubles Coupling with Murray at US Open
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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