Tennis:
Wimbledon champion hoping to serve up more success for Great Britain

By Steve Carpenter Friday 05 April 2013 Updated: 05/04 09:58

JONNY Marray believes his experiences en-route to becoming the first British men's Wimbledon champion since 1936 can help fire Great Britain to victory in the Davis Cup this weekend.

The 32-year-old wild card made history when he and Dane Frederik Nielsen beat fifth seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau.

Marray has been named in Leon Smith's four-man team for the clash against Russia which begins tomorrow (Friday) at the Ricoh Arena and runs throughout the weekend.

And he is looking forward to making up for lost time after missing out on representing his country back in 2004.

“It was a bit of a blow but now I'm finally going to get my chance so this is something that I've always wanted to be a part of,” Marray told the Observer.

“You always want to represent your country in any sport and tennis is no different.

“I've always seen the Davis Cup as a big competition. I've been fortunate enough to play on Centre Court at Wimbledon and this will be another great experience.

“Winning the doubles title last year has given me a huge amount of confidence because we went on to beat a lot of the best teams in the world.

“On your day you can be at anyone and I learnt that last year.

“We'll have to wait and see but it will be a different feeling to playing on Centre Court at Wimbledon.

“I don't think I can get better feeling than last year. It was without doubt the greatest moment of my career and I'm very proud of that achievement.”

Preparations for this weekend's event have been running smoothly, with Marray returning from a recent training camp in Miami.

A win would promote Breat Britain into the World Group play-offs taking place in September.

And Marray is hoping the team can give the Coventry crowd something to cheer.

“I've seen what home support can do.

“The Wimbledon crowd cheered me on to victory in my men's doubles final and I'm expecting the Coventry crowd to do exactly the same.

“They will get behind the team which can only be a big help really so I think it could be a special atmosphere.

“I have recently come back from Miami where I've been training and I also played in a tournament there with Colin Fleming who is my partner for the foreseeable future.

“I did have an injury which I've managed to come back from and now I'm just really looking forward to the event.

As for Great Britain's opponents Russia, Marray added: “They've got some fantastic players and we know this is not going to be an easy tie.

“But we've done our research and we know who they are likely to play.

“At the end of the day it's down to us. We're all looking forward to playing and if we all play well then who knows.”

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