Surbiton | Murray starts his grass court preparations

On a day hampered by rain, Andy Murrays match was the only one from the main draw of the Surbiton Trophy which was completed and it took him 57-minutes to dispatch Austria’s Jurij Rodionov 6-2 6-1.

I haven’t competed much in the last few months but I thought I played well. I approached the match in the right way, my attitude was fantastic and the tennis was good, Andy Murray

Murray who decided to skip the French Open and concentrate on getting ready for The Championships at Wimbledon, was satisfied with his first performance in a number of weeks.

“I’m always a little bit nervous coming out and playing the first match on a different surface. Even though I played in Madrid, I haven’t competed much in the last few months but I thought I played well. I approached the match in the right way, my attitude was fantastic and the tennis was good,” the top seed said.

His current objective is to raise his ranking during the gras-court warm-up events sufficiently to get himself a seeding at Wimbledon where he is a two-time champion.

In qualifying, 27-year-old Billy Harris, from Nottingham, joined Murray in the main draw by beating 3rd seed Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-4 4-6 6-4 in the final round of qualifying. Scotland’s Aidan McHugh fell in three sets to 5th seed Gijs Brouwer.

Six Brits will be in action on the second day, namely Jack Draper, Liam Broady, Jay Clarke, Paul Jubb, Lily Miyazaki and Sonay Kartal.






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