It has been announced that Jamie Murray will split from his doubles partner, the American Eric Butorac, after the US Open at the end of this month.
This year, Murray and Butorac have won three main tournaments together (in Memphis, San Jose and Nottingham), and currently stand at 13th in the ATP doubles race.
A statement was put on their website by Butorac, apparently without the knowledge of Murray, which read “Booty and Stretch will be no more after the US Open. We will be heading our separate ways.”
The end of their partnership is a bit of a suprise; I think many people expected them to continue to rise up the doubles rankings. However it has been rumoured that the relationship began to deteriorate after their early exit from Wimbledon, where Murray and Butorac spent very little time together. Murrays huge success at Wimbledon in the mixed doubles with Jelena Jankovic probably did not help repair the rift in their relationship.
Murrays agent said of the split, “They’ve had some good, open discussions and decided it was best to go on without each other.”
It is thought that neither Murray nor Butorac have decided on their next partner. Murray said that he has a few people in mind, but that he hasn’t yet appoached anyone. His agent did mention however, that he is going to be looking for a top-class replacement.
I do wonder what they’ll do with their website though – BootyandStretch.com…