Jamie Murray is a Grand Slam champion again after taking the men’s doubles title at the Australian Open.
The Scottish player has had to work hard in the shadow of his brother Andy as he set about putting the Murray name on the tennis map.
But it’s Jamie’s time in the limelight – albeit for a few hours until Andy lines up against Novak Djokovic in the men’s final – and he should be allowed to enjoy.
Here, we give you our case for Jamie Murray being made a Scottish national treasure after his big win:
He’s a men’s Grand Slam winner at the third time of asking..
Jamie has final appearances to his name at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2015, but lost both of those matches. Today’s victory alongside Bruno Soares as they beat Daniel Nestor and Radek Štěpánek 2-6 6-4 7-5 was a polished performance and a deserved one. He obviously took the Wimbledon mixed doubles title in 2007 with Jelena Jankovic, but this has been a long wait for his next taste of success.
He’s out of brother Andy’s shadow
Before Jamie’s win, only Harold Sergerson Mahony and his brother Andy were Scots who had won a major men’s title. Now Jamie is added to that list – and he deserved to see his sibling, mum Judy and the rest of his family watching on earlier today.
He’s got more to win too
At 29, Jamie must feel confident that he can push on and add more major titles to his trophy cabinet. Defeats in the final of his last two Grand Slam appearances going into the Australian Open must make the run all the way to winning this tournament even more impressive. To make three major finals in a row is incredible and, if you consider his Davis Cup-winning performance too, it’s been a year to remember.
He’s a great guy
— Jamie Murray (@jamie_murray) January 29, 2016
There hasn’t been a hint of jealousy during Andy’s rise to prominence in the men’s singles. Despite regularly being referred to as Andy’s brother, Jamie has always shown his support – at least publicly – and that should be commended considering he’s always trying to forge his own path in the game.
And he can do things like this..
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