Jamie Murray reaches 500 tour-level wins
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With his latest win at the Rolex Paris Masters this week, British doubles star Jamie Murray has reached 500 tour-level wins in his career to date.
Murray secured win number 500 alongside Australia's Matthew Ebden against third seeds Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer in Paris.
His latest milestone – 500 tour victories – include two Grand Slams (not to mention his five mixed doubles crowns as well), a Davis Cup triumph, 27 ATP titles and of course, reaching world No.1.
Here’s a look back at some of the highlights from the 500 wins so far…
Double Grand Slam champion and reaching world No.1
2016 will forever be known as the year the Murray brothers ruled the tennis world.
The dominant force on the ATP doubles tour at the time, Murray and his then new partner Bruno Soares kick-started the season in emphatic form at the Australian Open.
The seventh seeds opened with three straight set victories to begin their campaign and showed incredible strength to battle from a set down to knock out 13th seeds Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-6(3). The pair made swift work of French duo Adrian Mannarino and Lucas Pouille to reach their first major final together. The final required yet another stunning comeback, with Murray and Soares lifting their maiden Grand Slam title with a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over Daniel Nestor and Radek Stephanek.
In doing so, Murray became the first Brit to win the Australian Open men’s doubles title for 82 years.
Breaking even more records – by the end of March that year, Murray became the first British man to reach world No.1 and the first Brit to do so since Virginia Wade in 1973.
Murray and Soares proved the best team in the biggest spots that season. Having just missed out in finals at the ATP Masters in Monte-Carlo and Canada, they saved their biggest performance for the US Open.
After a tough three-set clash in the opening round against Gastao Elias and Joao Sousa, Murray and Soares once again eased through to the quarter-finals. With a semi-final spot clinched, thanks to a 7-6(11), 2-6, 6-3 win against Chris Guccione and Andre Sa, the pair held off French stars Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
Murray had reached the final at Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows only the year before with Australian John Peers, but this time, he made no mistake. With their hardest matches seemingly behind them, Murray and Soares made light work of Spanish team Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, putting in an impressive display to take a 6-2, 6-3 final victory.
"It's a great feeling," Murray said after his second Grand Slam triumph. "These tournaments are the hardest ones to win, all the best teams are playing. The last couple of years I’ve found a way to win and to play my best tennis at these events.”
The pair finished the season as the top team in the world, with Jamie and Andy becoming the first brothers to simultaneously occupy the ATP world No.1 spots at the end of the year.
The 27 titles
Not only has Murray enjoyed amazing success in the men’s and mixed doubles at the Grand Slams – but the 36-year-old boasts a total of 27 ATP titles.
Jamie Murray’s tour-level titles
- 2007 – San Jose, Memphis, Nottingham
- 2008 – Delray Beach
- 2010 – Valencia
- 2011 – Tokyo, Metz
- 2013 – Houston, Gstaad, Bangkok
- 2014 – Munich
- 2015 – Brisbane, Hamburg
- 2016 – Sydney, Australian Open, US Open
- 2017 – Acapulco, Stuttgart, Queen’s
- 2018 – Acapulco, Washington, Cincinnati Masters
- 2019 – Sydney
- 2020 – Sofia
- 2021 – Melbourne, St Petersburg
- 2022 – Winston-Salem
Murray’s breakthrough came in in 2007, when the Brit won his maiden trophy on the tour in San Jose with American Eric Butorac. By the end of that year, Murray had three titles to his name – including his first on grass in Nottingham.
In 2010, he won one of his two titles alongside Andy on the indoor hard courts in Valencia and the two would join forces again for another trophy in Tokyo a year later.
Murray hit his stride from 2013 onwards after teaming up with Australian partner Peers – with the duo winning six titles together in three years as well as reaching a further 10 finals. He’s had long-time success at the now cinch Championships at the Queen’s Club, where he’s finished runner-up twice in 2014 and 2018 but got his first and only title there in 2017 with Soares – defeating Julien Benneteau and Édouard Roger-Vasselin in the final.
There have been more highlights in recent years as well including the Western & Southern Open in 2018 with his Brazilian teammate, as well as Washington, Acapulco, Sydney and Melbourne to name a few, as well as his one trophy with fellow Brit Neal Skupski in Sofia.
His most recent title came only a few months ago after teaming up with another Australian in Matthew Ebden at the Winston-Salem Open – beating Hugo Nys and Jan Zielinski in the final.
Representing Great Britain on the biggest stage
In and amongst his fantastic successes on the tour and on the biggest stage at Grand Slams, Murray has been a mainstay in the British Davis Cup and Olympic squads throughout his career so far.
LTA Colour Holder No.270, Murray, has played in 20 Davis Cup ties for the Brits and boasts a strong 14-7 winning record. Known for his quality on the doubles court but in fact, Murray made his GB debut against Netherlands in 2007 playing in a singles match against Robin Haase. Murray won the first set 6-4, but after a tie-break second set, just lost out, but returned in the doubles with Greg Rusedski to get his first win.
Since then, Murray became a regular in the team, often partnering brother Andy in some of Britain’s most memorable ties – especially in 2015. Murray was an instrumental part of the team that brought home Britain’s first title since 1936, winning his quarter-final rubber against Nicolas Mahut and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and coming through a legendary five-setter against Australia – beating Sam Growth and Lleyton Hewitt 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 6-4.
In the final Jamie and Andy took care of business, with a four-set victory against Steve Darcis and David Goffin, to set the Brits up for a history-defining victory.
Murray has also been instrumental in the Brit’s semi-final performance in 2016 and most recently at the 2019 Finals in Madrid.
Adding to his win tally – Murray has also represented Great Britain at four Olympic Games – reaching the second round of the men’s doubles twice in 2008 and 2020.