Tour Doubles Teams Are Breaking Up

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The annual merry-go-round of top flight doubles players swapping partners is about to move into full-swing and the first switch comes as a surprise with the imminent break-up of Britain’s Jamie Murray and Australian John Peers, who this year have reached the finals of both Wimbledon and the US Open.

Left-handed Murray, aged 29 and his right-handed partner who is a year younger, have been together since early 2013 and look almost certain to qualify for the year ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at London’s 02 Arena.

However if they do make it as one of the world’s top eight teams, it will be their last outing together as Murray, who will also figure in the Davis Cup final against Belgium, will play alongside the experienced Brazilian Bruno Soares next year while Peers is expected to team up with Finland’s Henri Kontinen.

The pair, currently fourth in the Race for London qualifying place are understood to have had some disagreements in recent months after losing both Grand Slam finals and Murray did not travel for the Asian swing this year, Peers partnering veteran Indian Leander Paes instead.

Murray initially said he required time to rest and recuperate before a tense end to the season but he and Peers are playing together at Vienna’s Erste Bank Open and they intend to play at the Swiss Indoors in Basel and the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris before their projected debut at the London 02 Arena.

Before the pair decided to amalgamate after talks at the 2013 Australian Open, Murray was considering his future after failing to establish a lasting relationship with a string of playing partners.

However the Murray/Peers bond grew stronger and the duo won six ATP World Tour doubles titles together in Houston, Gastaad, Bangkok, Munich, Brisbane and Hamburg, reaching another seven finals.

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