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Scotland's Jamie Murray and Gordon Reid savour grand slam success in Australia

Published 30/01/2016

Jamie Murray (left) and Bruno Soares celebrating in Melbourne
Jamie Murray (left) and Bruno Soares celebrating in Melbourne

Jamie Murray has won his first men's doubles grand slam title as he and partner Bruno Soares enjoyed victory in the Australian Open final.

The 29-year-old lost at the last hurdle with John Peers at both Wimbledon and the US Open last year but with new partner Soares the Scot made it third time lucky in Melbourne.

The win could form the second part of a Scottish treble at the tournament after Gordon Reid won the wheelchair singles while Andy Murray takes on Novak Djokovic in the men's singles final on Sunday.

Andy said he finds it too stressful to watch his brother live but the world number two was in the crowd, along with Davis Cup captain Leon Smith, for the presentation ceremony, which took place just after 1am.

In his victory speech, an emotional Jamie said: ''Andy you should be in bed. I don't know why you're here taking photos.''

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was one of the first to offer congratulations to Murray and Soares on Twitter.

She later wrote: "Barely 2pm and Scotland already has two #AusOpen champions. What a day for Scottish tennis. @tennisscotland."

Reid's win earlier on Saturday secured his first grand slam singles title.

The 24-year-old from Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, edged out Belgium's Joachim Gerard as he played the first grand slam singles final of his tennis career.

But it was disappointment in the later wheelchair doubles final when he played alongside Japan's Shingo Kunieda in Melbourne and lost to French pair Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer.

After completing his singles victory in an hour and 37 minutes, Reid flung his racket into the sky before punching the air in celebration.

Reid contracted Transverse Myelitis - a disease affecting the spinal cord - aged 13 and wondered if he would ever be able to pick up a racket again.

''Winning a grand slam was never the goal when I started playing,'' he said.

''I just wanted to get back involved in sport and get active again. I never even dreamt ... to be honest, I didn't even know wheelchair tennis existed.

''But as time went on I realised I could be quite good at this.''

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