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Doubles to the rescue in Melbourne

The scorching weather having been replaced by some much needed rain, and with it a coating of mud and dust which fell during a storm in Melbourne, leaving the outside courts needing to be power washed, the Australian Open is now well under way. However, with all British interest in the singles ended before the third round, it will be once again up to our doubles and wheelchair players to keep the flag flying. In the mens doubles, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski are always a potent threat, eleventh seed Joe Salisbury is progressing well and Jonny O’Mara is already through to round three. And with Andy Lapthorne still to come in the Wheelchair Quad events, where he has won the doubles on five occasions, as well as twice reaching the singles final, there’s plenty of cause for British optimism.