Live tennis will return to Britain this week when the Battle of the Brits take centre stage and we give you the lowdown on the important things ahead of the tournament.
Officially named ‘Schroders Battle of the Brits’, the exhibition tournament was organised by Jamie Murray, Schroders and Amazon Prime Video with the aim to £100,000 for NHS Charities Together.
Of course, it will also help Britain’s professional singles and doubles players to get some tennis under their belts after such a long layoff.
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— Schroders Battle of The Brits (@BattleofTheBrit) June 21, 2020
The exhibition tournament will take place at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton from June 23-28 and it will be a behind-closed doors event with no spectators allowed.
Great Britain’s top eight male players and top eight doubles teams will play over the next six days.
Dan Eans (28), Kyle Edmund (44), Cameron Norrie (77), Andy Murray (129), Jay Clarke (161), Liam Brody (211), James Ward (273) and Jack Draper (285) are on the singles entry list.
As for the doubles competition, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski (26 & 29), Joe Salisbury and Jonny O’Mara (7 & 54), Dan Evans and Lloyd Glasspool (152 & 179), Cameron Norrie and Liam Broady (208 & 309), Dominic Inglot and Jay Clarke (53 & n/a), and Kyle Edmund and Jack Draper (161 & 1023) make up the teams.
A round-robin format will be used with the singles players divided into two groups of four named the Tim Henman Group and the Greg Rusedski Group.
|Tim Henman Group||Greg Rusedski Group|
|James Ward||Jack Draper|
|Liam Brody||Jay Clarke|
|Andy Murray||Cameron Norrie|
|Kyle Edmund||Dan Evans|
The doubles pairs will be split into two groups of three, the Paul Hutchins Group and the Cathie Sabin Group.
|Paul Hutchins Group||Cathie Sabin Group|
|Liam Broady & Cameron Norrie||Kyle Edmund & Jack Draper|
|Dan Evans & Lloyd Glasspool||Dominic Inglot & Jay Clarke|
|Jamie Murray & Neal Skupski||Joe Salisbury & Jonny O’Mara|
The group winners and runners-up will progress to the semi-finals before the grand finals.
|Date||Match One||Match Two||Match Three||Match Four||Match Five|
|Tuesday June 23||Murray & Skupski vs Broady & Norrie||Kyle Edmund vs James Ward||Dan Evans vs Jay Clarke||Andy Murray vs Liam Broady||Draper & Edmund vs Clarke & Inglot|
|Wednesday June 24||Liam Broady vs James Ward||Salisbury & O’Mara vs Clarke & Inglot||Cameron Norrie vs Jack Draper||Kyle Edmund vs Andy Murray||Broady & Norrie vs Evans & Glasspool|
|Thursday June 25||Salisbury & O’Mara vs Draper & Edmund||Dan Evans vs Cameron Norrie||Jay Clarke vs Jack Draper||Andy Murray vs James Ward||Murray & Skupski vs Evans & Glasspool|
|Friday June 26||TBC||TBC||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|Saturday June 27||TBC||TBC||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|Sunday June 28||TBC||TBC||TBC||TBC||TBC|
It will be exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the UK and Ireland, on Eurosport in Europe and Tennis Channel in the US.
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