July 14, 2024

Open Court


Oz Open Flashback: The Murray brothers, and the Djoker

MELBOURNE, Australia – All the way back in 2008, Andy Murray was 20.

Brother Jamie was 21, was ranked a respectable but rank-and-file No. 36 in doubles. He was playing with Max Mirnyi, and the pair lost in the first round to the French team of Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Gilles Simon, ranked No. 372 and No. 136, respectively.

He had just jumped into the top 10 – for two weeks – after winning his opening event in Doha before later carving out a permanent spot. He lost 7-5, 6-4, 0-6, 7-6 (5) to No. 38 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round (Tsonga went on to make the final).

Here’s what they looked like back the (pardon the early Open Court photography blurriness; we’ve come some way since then)

[slideshow_deploy id=’30964’]

And here was young Novak Djokovic, also 20. he ended up winning the thing.

[slideshow_deploy id=’30965′]

Just kids!

Continuing the brotherly theme, Djokovic’s brother Marko got a wild card into the juniors.

He lost 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 to an Aussie named Clifford Marsland, a wild card who lost in the next round to top-ranked junior at the time Cesar Ramirez, and never played another junior match.




About Post Author