With the tennis schedule in a state of COVID chaos, one sure thing remains in virus-plagued Britain.
Amid confusing lockdowns and the national psychosis brought on by a stalled Brexit, the Battle of the Brits III remains a reassuring sure thing.
The just-for-fun exhibition at the National Tennis Centre in London’s Roehampton will be boosted by the reassuring presence of both Murray brothers for the pre-Christmas men’s and women’s exhibition from December 20-23.
“All the players were keen to get the chance to test themselves before the season begins,” doubles player and organiser Jamie said..
“It’s 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.”
With the date of the Australian Open still something of a mystery, the event will be held on the same hardcourt and will use the same balls which will be on offer at Melbourne Park.
The league-style competition will give Brits including supporting players Dan Evans, Heather Watson, Cameron Norrie and Harriet Dart among others the chance to run up prior to the kickoff on an uncertain season due to the virus pandemic.
“We want to do all we can to help British players prepare for the season ahead. Whilst we wait for the calendar to be finalised we’ve got the opportunity to let players play competitively at the NTC,” LTA boss Scott Lloyd said. .
“Despite being indoors, the matches will be on the same 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.”
Main photo:- Andy Murray in action during this year’s Battle of the Brits pt I.