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Andy Murray and Johanna Konta among confirmed lineup for Battle of the Brits Team Tennis

hannahwilks in News 23 Jul 2020
Andy Murray leads the Union Jacks team for the Battle of the Brits Team Tennis (Photo by Corinne Dubreuil/ABACAPRESS.COM)

The two teams for Battle of the Brits Team Tennis have been announced, with Andy Murray, Johanna Konta and Dan Evans among confirmed players.

Battle of the Brits Team Tennis, which takes place from 27 July-2 August, features two teams of 13 players facing off in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

The Union Jacks are captained by Judy Murray and Greg Rusedski while the British Bulldogs are led by the current Davis and Fed Cup captains, Leon Smith and Anne Keothavong.

Judy Murray had joked that she didn’t want son Andy on her team because he ‘doesn’t listen’ to her – but both her sons are on the Union Jacks.

The Murray brothers are joined by British no. 1 Dan Evans, currently ranked world no. 28 and the champion at the first Battle of the Brits tournament. Their top female player is world no. 50 Heather Watson, currently the second highest-ranked British woman, and Katie Boulter – who ranked as high as world no. 82 before a stress fracture in her back forced her out of competition – is also on the team. Boulter recently won the LTA Progress Tour Women’s Championships, and the player she beat in the final, Jodie Burrage, is also on the Union Jacks team.

The British Bulldogs, captained by Keothavong and Smith, are led by British no. 2 Kyle Edmund, currently ranked world no. 44 but a former world no. 14. Edmund is backed up by the third British man who ranks in the top 100 at the moment, world no. 77 Cameron Norrie, and the women’s contingent is led by world no. 14 Johanna Konta, who has reached the semifinals of the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.

 

The exact scoring and match format has not been confirmed, but the tournament will be played behind closed doors at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton and will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer.

In addition to the familiar leading lights of British tennis – the Murray brothers, Konta, Evans and Edmund – the Battle of the Brits Team Tennis will shine a spotlight on much younger and less experienced players. The Union Jacks feature Anton Matusevich (18) while the British Bulldogs lineup includes 19-year-old Aidan McHugh and 17-year-old Emma Raducanu.

Notable absences include Katie Swan, who has recently struggled with a right hip injury, and Jack Draper, the 18-year-old who finished runner-up in Wimbledon juniors in 2018; he was supposed to compete at the first Battle of the Brits, but pulled out with an abdominal injury.