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Jamie Murray: Andy will be fine for Olympics

ESPN staff
June 15, 2012
Andy and Jamie Murray are hopeful of winning Olympic gold © PA Photos

Jamie Murray moved to ease concerns over brother Andy's fitness ahead of Wimbledon and the London Olympics.

The Murray brothers were scheduled to play doubles together at Queen's Club this week, but Andy was forced to withdraw because of his ongoing back problems. Jamie, who lost his second round match with makeshift partner Marcos Baghdatis on Thursday, insists Andy will be firing for the remainder of the grass court season.

"I don't think his back's really giving him too much problems," he said. "Stuff that happened at the French Open, that was something different to what he hurt before.

"I think he's made it quite clear that his back has been fine. I think he just was kind of told by the doctor that, 'you had your injections and now you probably need to have a time where you need to rest a little bit'.

"I haven't thought about it. I don't really see it as a massive issue. Yesterday he played fine. He didn't win, but it certainly wasn't his back that made him lose or anything like that."

Andy bowed out of the singles at the AEGON Championships,losing in three sets to Nicholas Mahut on Wednesday. The loss follows a disappointing run on the clay surface in recent months leading to speculation the world No. 4 may require an extended break from the game.

However, Jamie insists that while he would appreciate more court time with his brother ahead of the Olympics, Andy's form will not be determined by his back injury.

"In an ideal world it would have been good to play here, especially being the Olympics is on grass. But, I mean, we played a lot I guess the last couple of years more and more.

"We came close a lot of times with the top teams this year already. [We] played some good matches. We won Tokyo last year and Valencia the year before. We know how to play.

"I guess sometimes like when we played the Bryans in Monte Carlo - those guys have played 10 million matches together - and we were playing once or twice every six months. There are important moments like that, for sure. But we know on our day we can beat anyone."

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