Jamie Murray news: Battle of the Brits event spearheaded by the Scot rearranged for December

Lucy Roberts
Andy Murray and Jamie Murray

Jamie Murray’s Battle of the Brits tournament has been rearranged for December, which will see players from England and Scotland play head to head in a mixture of singles and doubles matches.

This clash, which also involves Jamie’s brother Andy Murray, will now take place on December 21 & 22 at Aberdeen’s P&J Live after it was due to take place in December 2021.

The Schroders Battle of the Brits was forced to postpone last year due to public health reasons after the outbreak of the Omicron Covid-19 variant in the UK and across Europe.

The Murray brothers are at the forefront of the tournament and team Scotland, and will play the likes of Dan Evans, Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski from England.

Jamie Murray has stepped into his tournament director role for this competition and is delighted that a date has now been set for the British showdown.

“We were gutted when the even couldn’t go ahead as planned so it’s brilliant news that we’re able to reschedule for December this year,” Murray said.

“There has been such fantastic buzz around bringing Battle of the Brits to Aberdeen and I think that’s only going to get bigger throughout the year.

“I know Andy and the rest of the players are already excited and I’m sure there will be plenty of competitive chat amongst us all between now and the first ball being hit.”

Andy Murray pleasantly surprised the tennis world with his appearances at the 2022 Australian Open, as he wasn’t far off retiring just three years ago at the very same tournament and had to undergo a second hip surgery, but he managed to make it to the second round before he was knocked out by Japanese Taro Daniel.

His brother Jamie who is a renowned doubles master, managed to go one better at the season opening Grand Slam with his partner Bruno Soares, but they were beaten in the third round.

Dan Evans suffered a similar fate to his Scottish rivals as he was defeated by Felix Auger-Aliassime from Canada in round three, but Salisbury made it to the doubles semi-finals with his American partner Rajeev Ram, and Skupski got to the quarter finals with Wesley Koolhof from the Netherland before they were knocked out by Aussie duo Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell.

Although this could be a good indicator of how the Battle of the Brits is going to go, there is still a season of tennis to be played before the tournament takes place – anything could happen.