Andy Murray on course to meet brother Jamie in third round of Wimbledon men’s doubles
- Andy Murray could face brother Jamie in the men’s doubles at Wimbledon
- The brothers could meet as early as the third round after the draw was made
- Andy partners Pierre-Hugues Herbert while Jamie partners Neal Skupski
Andy Murray has escaped drawing a seed in his first round match of the Wimbledon men’s doubles, but could face brother Jamie in the third round.
Murray and Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who have never played together, have been fortunate to escape one of the 16 seeded pairs.
Instead, they have drawn fellow outsiders Marius Copil and Ugo Humbert, who have a combined ranking of 611 and lost in the semi-finals of the Ilkley Trophy last week.
Andy Murray could face brother Jamie (left) in the third round at Wimbledon this year
Murray has been practising on court at SW19 this week as he continues his comeback
Doubles specialist Jamie wanted to avoid a clash with his brother but now faces that prospect
Sportsmail revealed earlier this week that Murray’s opening doubles match was highly unlikely to be on Centre Court or No 1 Court due to concerns over the wear and tear it would cause to the courts.
And the fact that Murray and Herbert have not drawn one of the major pairings will make that decision significantly easier for the Wimbledon top brass.
Depending on Herbert’s progress in the singles, they will either begin their campaign on Wednesday or Thursday, and will most likely be put on Court 2.
It will make uncomfortable viewing for the Murray brothers’ mum Judy if they do meet at SW19
Andy Murray has returned to action as a doubles player and won the Queen’s title last week
Meanwhile, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski, who are seeded 10th, have drawn the unseeded pairing of Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek in the first round.
Last year’s junior singles finalist Jack Draper has made an unexpected u-turn in his plans, appearing in the doubles draw alongside Paul Jubb as wildcards.
They have drawn second seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.