Another good day for the British Bulldogs who picked up the majority of the points available on day three to extend their lead in the race for 60 points to determine the champions on Sunday at this week’s Best of the Brits Team event at the NTC.
I keep saying these are not just matches, it is not an exhibition, they are proper competitive matches, everyone wants to win Dan Evans
They now lead the Union Jacks 29-12 having won five of the eight matches on Wednesday’s schedule with Cameron Norrie picking up the scalp of the British No.1 Dan Evans in the process.
Evans, representing the Union Jacks, was beaten 7-6(5) 7-6(6) by the British No.3, having been in a winning position in both sets.
A fiercely competitive atmosphere has developed at the event which pits 26 of Britain’s best players against each other in two teams over singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches.
As a consequence, there is strong support from the sidelines with plenty of banter flying around from team members.
The competitiveness was well illustrated on Tuesday when Evan fell out with Kyle Edmunds over a ‘touching rackets’ incident following his win but that moment has now been smoothed over.
“Listen I don’t know if he meant to hit my racket but we spoke and it’s perfectly fine,” Evans said. “I wasn’t the happiest after that match either, it is one of those things.
“I am good friends with his coach and good friends with Ked, so it would be pretty awkward if we weren’t speaking, it’s all good.
“We had dinner together last night.
“Both teams want to win and it’s brutal to lose.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s your best friend down the other end, if you’re angry you can do something you probably shouldn’t do.
“And everyone is pushing each others buttons on the side so you can lose it a little bit. At the end of my match I was pretty angry.
“I keep saying these are not just matches, it is not an exhibition, they are proper competitive matches, everyone wants to win.”
Earlier in the women’s singles, Heather Watson put the Union Jacks ahead on the day when she beat Eden Silva 3-6 6-1 10-6.
The only other victories for the team came from Lloyd Glasspool & Naomi Broady who comfortably dispatched Dom Inglot & Maia Lumsden 6-1 6-4 and Jan Choisnki who defeated Liam Broady 6-3 6-4.
All the other matches were claimed by the British Bulldogs and included wins for Emma Raducanu, Beth Grey plus wins in the doubles for Joe Salisbury & Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie & Beth Grey.
Jamie Murray played in both those doubles matches losing out in the mens with partner Dan Evans 6-3 6-4 and with Katie Boulter in the mixed, 3-6 6-4 10-8.
Meanwhile Heather Watson has confirmed she will be playing on the WTA Tour – which resumes next week in Palermo – in Lexington and New York to warm-up for the US Open which Ashleigh Barty, the women’s world No.1 has now confirmed, she will not be entering because of the Covid-19 worries.
Heather Watson (UJ) bt Eden Silva (BB) 3-6, 6-1,10-6
Cameron Norrie (BB) bt Dan Evans (UJ) 7-6(5) 7-6(6)
Lloyd Glasspool/Naomi Broady (UJ) bt Dom Inglot/Maia Lumsden (BB) 6-1 6-4
Emma Raducanu (BB) bt Jodie Burrage (UJ) 7-5 6-3
Joe Salisbury/Kyle Edmund (BB) bt Jamie Murray/Dan Evans (UJ) 6-3 6-4
Beth Grey (BB) bt Naomi Broady (UJ) 3-6, 2-6
Jan Choinski (UJ) bt Liam Broady (BB) 6-3, 6-4
Cam Norrie/Beth Grey (BB) bt Jamie Murray/Katie Boulter (UJ) 3-6 6-4 10-8
British Bulldogs lead Union Jacks 29-12