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Jamie Murray splits from doubles partner after French Open loss

The Scot won two grand-slam titles alongside Brazilian Bruno Soares.

Split: Murray will and Soares will part ways.
Split: Murray will and Soares will part ways. SNS

Scottish tennis star Jamie Murray has played his last doubles game with partner Bruno Soares.

The Brazilian revealed that they would split after the French Open and the pairing lost their first round tie on Tuesday.

The Scotsman began his partnership with Soares in 2016 leading to them winning two grand slam titles at the Australian Open and US Open that same year.

Murray also reached the world number one ranking that April while they qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals in each of their three seasons together and won 10 titles.

The last of those came in Sydney in January, while they reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, but Murray told Soares after a first-round exit in Rome earlier this month that he wanted to split.

The pair lost their first-round match at Roland Garros against Italians Matteo Berrettini and Lorenzo Sonego.

Soares told matchtiebreak.com: "Jamie called me and we chatted, where he told me that no matter how much the results are coming out, they did not match the expectation we had, and he thought it would be a good time for us to change.

"It was a very nice chat and I agreed. It came from him, but I respect that. I think that, as much as we have become friends, this is still our profession. If he is feeling this, some dissatisfaction, I have to respect that and look for something different."

Murray said: "I didn't find it weird.

"I still thought we had a great chance to do well in the tournament. We are still a great team. I am sure both of us wanted to go out with a great result and finish on a high. Sadly it wasn't the case."

Soares will team up with Croatian Mate Pavic while the Murray will partner 27th-ranked Neal Skupski, the British doubles number three.

Skupski admitted he panicked when he received Murray's message but Ken, who is eight years his brother's senior, told him it was not an opportunity he could turn down. 

"I'm looking forward to it," said Neal. "Obviously it's tough, leaving your brother. We've played together six years on the tour. 

"He's brought me up (to this level), everything on the doubles court has been with him. 

"If my brother wasn't involved then it's an easy 'yes'. Jamie's (eighth) in the world, obviously other opportunities that could come about, maybe Davis Cup, Olympics. Playing with Jamie will help me."

 His brother Ken added: "It was tough because we had always said we were never going to pursue other partners. 

"We were lucky in that department because as brothers we know we are there for each other. 

"I was hoping that these kind of things never came about. I have got Neal to this stage now where he is a very, very good player on his own. I completely respect him as a partner and as a brother. 

"If I had got the offer, I know I would have obviously had to take it as well. But nobody has called me yet."

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