Following a disruptive day of rain, the Rothesay Open got under way with eight of the nine Brits competing in the men’s draw, making it successfully through to the second round of the Challenger event in Nottingham.
I want to go as deep as possible here to try to get close to a seed for Wimbledon Andy Murray
Leading he way is Andy Murray, fresh from his successful trophy run in Surbiton, who produced another win for his sixth consecutive victory on grass this season by defeating the Belgian qualifier Joris de Loore 6-3 6-4.
Murray, a two-time Wimbledon champion currently ranked 44 in world terms, is trying to secure a top-32 seeding for for this year’s Championships which begins on 3 July.
“I want to go as deep as possible here to try to get close to a seed for Wimbledon,” the Scot said.
“That’s my goal, so hopefully I can get a bit closer. The courts here are more similar to how Wimbledon plays in the second week so hopefully I can get to the second week of that.
“It was tricky, very blustery conditions. I’m serving well and that helped me out.
“The main thing is to get as many matches played in different conditions against different types of opponents. He was a really big server, but I made it through.”
Also through are Liam Broady and Arthur Fery, both players fighting back to overcome strong opponents.
Broady recovered well in his match to defeat Japan’s Rio Noguchi 5-7 6-1 6-2 while Fery, 409th in the world, came back from a set down against American Steve Johnson to win 4-6 6-3 6-3 in a match that could not be finished on Monday because of rain.