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Murray unveils another event for top Brits

The success of the ‘Battle of the Brits’ recently played out behind closed doors in Roehampton, is to be repeated but this time featuring teams consisting of Britain’s best male and female players.

I need our top players to play to put these events on, otherwise it doesn’t work. Jamie Murray

Jamie Murray will again be acting as tournament director as he continues his partnership with the LTA, promoting much needed competitive play for players before they return to the scheduled tour when it kick-starts back into action in August.

The event will be known as ‘The Battle of the Brits Team Tennis’ featuring two teams selected by team captains to contest eight matches (singles, doubles and mixed) on two courts every day over the week commencing 27th July.

Each team will be comprised of six women and six men, with the overall winning team crowned at the end of the week based on an increasing points system.

Commenting on the new event, Jamie Murray, said: “It is hugely exciting to be bringing ‘Battle of the Brits Team Tennis’ to the British fans at the end of July.

“’Battle of the Brits Team Tennis’ will be showcasing the best of British tennis in a unique team competition. We will continue to raise funds for charity during the week of competition.”

When asked whether Britain’s two highest profile players – Andy Murray and Johanna Konta – would participate, the elder of the two brothers replied: “They like the idea and intend to play as long as fitness is there. I need our top players to play to put these events on, otherwise it doesn’t work.”

Dan Evans won the men’s ‘Battle of the Brits’ defeating Kyle Edmund in the final and no doubt they would want to participate having praised the organisers of the event for a very successful week.

An announcement will be made next week confirming how fans can watch the event, as well as details of the players taking part.

Meanwhile LTA chief executive, Scott Lloyd, was delighted to be associated with the tournament:
“Innovation is a key part of the LTA’s five-year plan to grow tennis in this country and we are delighted to partner with Jamie on this exciting new team event, showcasing Britain’s best men’s and women’s players in a unique format,” he said.

“Over recent weeks, the LTA has been actively engaged with UK Sport and the government in developing guidelines for behind-closed-doors events and we are pleased to be a partner and host of another tournament at the National Tennis Centre.

“We want to do all we can to support elite players during this period and keep tennis in the public eye over the summer.”



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