Murray/Soares Qualify For Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
British-Brazilian duo London-bound
Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares have qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 13-20 November. Murray/Soares won their third-round match at the US Open against Brian Baker and Marcus Daniell 6-3, 7-6(7). Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau’s third-round loss earlier in the day ensured that the British-Brazilian team would qualify for the prestigious year-end championship.
Murray/Soares are currently No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London. The 2016 Australian Open champions (d. Nestor/Stepanek) own two team titles (2016 Sydney) and have reached the finals of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Toronto and Monte Carlo this year.
“It means a lot to us. This is the No. 1 goal in the beginning of the year. It's to qualify. It's to be in the Top 8,” Soares said. “I've played there a couple of times, and it's just the best tournament of the year.”
Murray will be making his second consecutive London appearance. Last year, he and partner John Peers were eliminated in the group stage. Soares qualified for London in 2013 and 2014 alongside Alexander Peya. They reached the semi-finals (l. to Bryan/Bryan) in 2013.
"You really have to deserve to be there,” Soares said. “It's really, really difficult. So it's a great effort, great achievement for us as a team to be there and to be there in our first year of our partnership. I'm looking forward another time competing at the O2.”