Jamie Murray to top doubles rankings, become first British ATP No. 1

by: Kamakshi Tandon | March 28, 2016

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Andy's older brother will pass Melo despite losing in the first round of the Miami Open. (AP)

Jamie Murray will reach No. 1 in the doubles rankings next week, becoming the first British player to top the ATP rankings.

Despite falling in the first round of Miami, Murray became guaranteed to move in front of Marcelo Melo when the world No. 1 was defeated in the second round.

Murray, who had been on the cusp of No. 1 the previous week, said on social media that his defeat the night before left him wondering if he would ever get there. 

"Today, driving in the car, my phone started to go crazy," he said.

Melo was among those offering congratulations. 

"He made the final in Wimbledon, [made the] final [at the] U.S. Open, won the Davis Cup, won the Australian Open, so he deserves it a lot," he said, according to the BBC. “I'm happy for him.”

The accomplishment also means that Jamie will be the first in his family to get to No. 1, as younger brother Andy is No. 2 in singles.

Other players also reacted. 

The 30-year-old has raced up the rankings; he was No. 31 a year ago. He teamed with Bruno Soares at the Australian Open to win his first doubles Grand Slam title.

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