Jamie Murray teams up with LTA for Battle of the Brits Premier League Tennis
Jamie Murray will team up with the Lawn Tennis Association again to offer elite men and women players the chance to take part in the Battle of the Brits Premier League Tennis at Roehampton from 20 December.
The National Tennis Centre will again play host to what will be a third such event, with a domestic-only match-play league designed to help British players prepare for the 2021 season.
Fans will be able to watch via live streaming, with the four-day competition played over a 30-match league format, with each player in action at least once across the four days.
— LTA (@the_LTA) December 16, 2020
Former world number one Andy Murray is among those to have signed up, along with the likes of Dan Evans, Heather Watson, Cameron Norrie and Harriet Dart.
Jamie Murray said: “All the players were keen to get the chance to test themselves before the season begins.
“It is been such an unusual year, with so many disruptions that any competitive tennis people can get is welcome.
“Even in pre-season nobody likes to lose to their friends, so we’re expecting some tight matches.”
LTA chief executive Scott Lloyd welcomed the initiative as focus turns towards the 2021 Australian Open.
“We want to do all we can to help British players prepare for the season ahead,” he said.
“Despite being indoors, the matches will be on a similar type of court surface as at Melbourne and using the same balls to try and replicate conditions in Australia as closely as we can.
“Hopefully the players will make the most of the opportunity to get some competitive matches under their belt.”
Boris Becker on what happens next for Alexander Zverev after a turbulent 2020
German legend Boris Becker is backing Alexander Zverev to win his first Grand Slam title in 2021.
Dominic Thiem dismisses calls for the Australian Open to be cancelled
US Open champion Dominic Thiem insists next month’s Australian Open should go ahead despite players being in quarantine.
Timeline of Andy Murray’s injury nightmare as he pulls out of Australian Open
Andy Murray is out of next month’s Australian Open here we look at the timeline of Murray’s injury troubles since 2017.
Andy Murray ‘gutted’ as he shelves plans to play at Australian Open
Murray has been unable to solve a quarantine conundrum.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal learn their fate in ATP Cup draw
Serbia will begin…
‘Really unjustified’ – Boris Becker leaps to Novak Djokovic’s defence over his quarantine pleas
Boris Becker believes world No.1 Novak Djokovic has come in for unfair criticism after writing a letter to Australian Open chiefs.
Umpire suffers heart attack as another Australian Open player tests positive for Covid-19
Spanish player Paula Badosa has announced she has tested positive for coronavirus during quarantine in Australia.
Laura Robson unsure about tennis future after third hip operation
The 27-year-old said her priority now is to live a pain-free life.
Andy Murray believes he can still play at the Australian Open as he plots return to action
Former world No.1 Andy Murray is still hopeful of playing in next month’s Australian Open.
Players are urged not to feed the mice in their hotel rooms as Heather Watson turns to Tik Tok
Britain’s Heather Watson has turned to Tik…