Murray/Soares Receive 2016 Year-End No 1 Doubles Trophy
Briton and Brazilian celebrate career-best year in London
Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares received the ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team trophy presented by Emirates on Saturday from Chris Kermode, Tournament Chairman of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and ATP Executive Chairman and President.
The British-Brazilian team were presented the trophy following their semi-final match against Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram at The O2 in London, venue of the season finale.
”I think we can still improve a lot in our game,” said Murray. “I think we have the past few months. The more we play together, the better we'll get, I think.”
Soares said, “I think it's amazing. The fact that we lost today doesn't take anything away from us, everything that we achieved throughout the whole year… We had an amazing year, a very special year for both of us. We won two Grand Slams. We did a lot of right things."
Murray and Soares join Grant Connell and Patrick Galbraith (1993), and Jonas Bjorkman and Todd Woodbridge (2001) as the only teams to claim the year-end No. 1 honour in their first season together.
Murray and Soares captured three titles in 2016 at the Australian Open (d. Nestor/Stepanek), the US Open (d. Carreño Busta/Garcia-Lopez) and the Apia Sydney International (d. Bopanna/Mergea). The pair was also runners up at two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (l. to Herbert/Mahut) and the Rogers Cup in Toronto (l. to Dodig/Melo).