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ATP Tour Finals Doubles Betting: Jamie can keep the Murray flag flying

Number One - Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares celebrate at the O2 last year
Number One - Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares celebrate at the O2 last year
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Andy Murray is missing from this year's World Tour Finals but Ralph Ellis says his older brother can give the home crowd something to cheer.

"Murray and Soares are [1.62] to start their campaign on Monday with a win over the Bryan brothers who might still have great entertainment value but are not the all-conquering force they once were."

It was odd watching Judy Murray collect her OBE from Prince William in the week - you couldn't help thinking it was a meeting of two of Britain's most significant Royal families.

When it comes to tennis, after all, Judy is unquestionably the Queen. Forget about all the people at the LTA, she's the one who has produced and coached Grand Slam winners in a sport where this country has always under performed.

Youngest son Andy, of course, is the star. He's the King of the Courts after ending decades of waiting for a British Wimbledon men's singles winner.

But this week it's her Prince who will take centre stage as Andy's elder brother Jamie is the only home player among the 24 on show at the O2 Arena for the season-ending Nitto ATP World Tour finals.

And here's a question - which of the two brothers has the most Grand Slam titles? Andy's three - two Wimbledons and a US Open - looks fairly useful until you realise that Jamie boasts five and has won two of them this year.

(Save you looking it up - Mixed Doubles at Wimbledon 2007 and 2017 with Jelena Jankovic and Martina Hingis respectively, and US Open 2017 also with Hingis; Men's doubles Australian Open and US Open 2016 with Bruno Soares).

Anyway it's his partnership with Soares which will be in focus this week. Some 12 months ago they reached the semi-finals at the O2 to confirm their rankings as the world's number one doubles pair - and although they are now down to four, this time they will be bidding to go on and win the title.

The Scot and the Brazilian will certainly be worth watching when the Doubles Winner market gains some traction, especially with the huge support they can expect.

I'm taking Mrs E for a day out there on Thursday, and when we bought our tickets months ago the hope was we would be watching Andy defend the singles title he won last year.

Instead he's still not fit, so it will be Jamie who will be getting the backing from most in the crowd because, let's face it, we all love a British winner at these things.

Murray and Soares are [1.62] to start their campaign on Monday with a win over the Bryan brothers who might still have great entertainment value but are not the all-conquering force they once were.

From there they should have little problem qualifying from their group and word is they are then both in peak physical condition for the back end of what can be a gruelling week.

Jamie, now aged 31, is even talking about extending his career until he's 40 and has learned from his younger brother on the science of maintaining fitness.

Finland's Henri Kontinen and Australia's John Peers, who won this title last season, can return to the number one ranking if they are successful again but have already made a bad start by losing to eighth seeds Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus.

That proves the tournament is wide open, and Jamie is perfectly places to cash in. Wonder if that would be enough for him to be invited back to the Palace for an upgrade on his OBE.

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