Tennis hot shot has doubles victory

Ivy grows above a Centre Court sign on the first day of 'the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 24, 2013.        REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
Ivy grows above a Centre Court sign on the first day of 'the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

Linlithgow tennis ace Colin Fleming is hoping to continue his winning form on grass this year at SW13.

As the Journal and Gazette went to press, the local lad had battled through his first round with partner Jonny Marray in the doubles taking the match 7-6 (7/4) 4-6 6-3 6-4 against Martin Klizan and Igor Zelenay on Court 14.

On Wednesday, he tweeted: “Delighted to get the win today, good battle and happy to get through in four sets.”

But it wasn’t all plain sailing for Colin, ranked 28 in doubles, as he had to get constant treatment on his back during the match, but he does not thing this will hamper his assault on the grass which got as far as the quarter finals in 2011.

“I hurt it in the first set and it restricted me a little bit so it was good to get the treatment,”Fleming said of the problem, which he does not expect will cause him any more problems.

“I knew Jonny could take care of his serve so I just had to get through mine and thankfully we don’t play tomorrow. I’ll be fine.”

And Colin’s new pairing could work in his favour as Sheffield’s Jonny Marray was the men’s doubles winner last year.

It is only days since Colin reached the finals of Eastbourne, where he triumphed last year with Ross Hutchins.

This year, Colin and Jonny tore up the courts to reach the finals against top seeds Peya and Soares, before losing 6-3, 3-6, 8-10.

Last December, Colin’s former doubles partner Ross Hutchins was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma, forcing him to begin six months of chemotherapy.

But the pair speak regularly and have plans to play together in the future.

Colin is reported to have said to his friend: “When you come back, I’ll be there. This partnership will continue. We’ll take on the world. We’re going to win Slams together. We’ll do this when you come back. I’m not going to be going anywhere. I’ll be waiting.”

Earlier this month, a cancer charity tennis tournament was organised by Ross, and Colin donated prize money received from playing The Queen’s Club Championships to the cause.