Andy Murray and Johanna Konta have confirmed they will be lining up to compete in the Battle of the Brits Team Tennis tournament which is due to kick-off at the National Tennis Centre on July 27.
We are very pleased to continue to provide those opportunities with this new series of British Tour events in August and September. George Donnelly
The two teams which be contesting the event are The Union Jacks and The British Bulldogs with the British No1 Dan Evans and the three-time Wimbledon champion featuring in the former alongside Heather Watson and Jamie Murray, the event organiser, in the 13-player squad under the captaincy of Judy Murray and Greg Rusedski.
Meanwhile The British Bulldogs can count on British No.1 Johanna Konta with Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie under the direction of Davis Cup captain Leon Smith and Fed Cup captain Anne Keotavong.
The full squads are:
Team Union Jacks:
Dan Evans, Andy Murray, Jan Choinski, Ryan Peniston, Anton Matusevich, Jamie Murray, Lloyd Glasspool, Heather Watson, Katie Boulter, Jodie Burrage, Naomi Broady, Alicia Barnett, Olivia Nicholls
Team British Bulldogs:
Kyle Edmund, Cameron Norrie, Liam Broady, Aidan McHugh, Alastair Gray, Joe Salisbury, Dom Inglot, Johanna Konta, Harriet Dart, Emma Raducanu, Maia Lumsden, Eden Silva, Beth Grey
The National Tennis Centre has been the focus of British tennis for the past month having hosted ‘The Battle of the Brits’ won by Dan Evans, while Katie Boulter won the ‘Progress Tour Women’s Championship’ last week. In the background the ‘British Tour’ has provided competition for the last three weeks with the series being completed next weekend.
The events have been organised to help British players get some match practice in before the professional tours resume next month following their enforced suspension, last March, by the coronavirus pandemic.
And the LTA has announced it is continuing to provide those opportunities.
Following next week’s team event, the LTA have announced today that three more ‘British Tour’ events will be held at the NTC behind closed doors as the governing body continues to provide new opportunities for professional players to compete for prize money and ranking points.
The Tier 1 events, scheduled for 21-23 August, 28-30 August and 4-6 September, will provide equal prize money for men and women (£6,300 in total per event), with all players from the first round onwards set to receive prize money.
The events will feature 16 men and 16 women in each draw and are open to players aged 16 or over with an ATP/WTA membership or ITF Pro IPIN, as well as an LTA Membership number.
George Donnelly, LTA Head of International Event Programmes, said: “This summer the National Tennis Centre has hosted a range of successful behind closed doors events, providing opportunities for players to return to competitive tennis in a safe and productive way.
“We are very pleased to continue to provide those opportunities with this new series of British Tour events in August and September. We have already seen some fantastic tennis across the tournaments to date and I’ve no doubt this will continue throughout the rest of the British Tour series.”
Meanwhile the men’s tour is now scheduled to restart on August 24 with the Cincinnati Open at Flushing Meadows, followed by The US Open a week later.
The WTA tour however, will begin on August 3, with women’s No 1, Simona Halep, headlining an event in Palermo, Italy.