Andy Murray is playing a spot of doubles in Montreal this week as part of his preparation for the US Open. Top tier stars Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal are doing the same, giving the Canadian crowd double their pleasure. Montreal tennis fans get to see these greats not only twice as often, but in unfamiliar circumstances. The majority of even diehard tennis fans haven’t seen much of Murray, Djokovic or Nadal ducking at net while their partner serves.
In Murray’s case, the doubles play sets up an excellent sibling match-up. Andy Murray and his partner Leander Paes will play Jamie Murray (Andy’s older brother) and John Peers next. Peers and Jamie Murray placed second in men’s doubles at Wimbledon this year. Jamie Murray is a doubles specialist — playing both mixed and men’s. The 29-year-old lefthander has won $1.5 million in prize money in his career. Jamie and Andy have never played against each other in a professional match.