Jamie Murray has become Britain's first ever ATP doubles World No.1
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Jamie Murray has become Britain’s first ever ATP doubles World No.1.
Murray has risen to the very top of his profession after a stunning spell of form which has seen him win his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open and crowned World Champion with the Aegon GB Davis Cup Team.
The British No.1 has contested the last three Grand Slam finals after reaching his first at Wimbledon last year with John Peers before also finishing runner-up at the US Open with the likable Aussie.
Murray, who was ranked No.33 at this stage last year and No.92 little over two years ago, teamed up with Brazilian Bruno Soares at the start of this campaign and has gone from strength to strength.
The duo won their second ever tournament playing together at the Apia International Sydney and carried the form into Melbourne, winning six matches to claim the Australian Open with a three-set win in the final over Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek.
To get to No.1, the 2007 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles champion has overtaken Brazilian player Marcelo Melo and also reaches the feat before brother Andy, who is currently world No.2 in singles.
After coming within a couple of points of World No.1 last week at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Murray needed results to go his way this week and despite falling in Round 1 to Rajeev Ram and Raven Klaasen, Melo couldn't capitalise and lost with Ivan Dodig to Max Mirni and Treat Huey in straight sets.
Other British players to reach World No.1 since 1975:
- Mark Eccleston in the quad doubles in 1998
- Roy Humphreys in the quad doubles in 1999
- Marc Eccleston in the quad singles in 2002
- Peter Norfolk in the quad singles in 2003
- Andy Lapthorne in the quad doubles in 2011
- Peter Norfolk in the quad doubles in 2011.
- Jordanne Whiley in the women's wheelchair doubles in 2015
- Gordon Reid in the men's wheelchair doubles in 2015