Over the past week 60 matches have been played down at Roehampton in the latest version of The Battle of the Brits with the Union Jacks captained by Judy Murray and Greg Rusedski and the British BullDogs captained by Anne Keothavong and Leon Smith.
Different matches were worth different points on a daily basis with the first team to 60 points winning the tournament. It looked like a runaway in the early stages but a fight back from the Union Jacks levelled the event at 45-45 going into the final day.
Over the last week we have seen some fun, drama, commeraderie and fantastic tennis from a number of British tennis stars!
On the final evening it came down to the two matches. Andy Murray and Naomi Broady won their mixed doubles match to send it to the decider but for the Bulldogs it was Joe Salisbury and Harriet Dart who won in convincing style to give the victory to the Bulldogs!
A wonderful week of tennis and incredible to see British tennis come together in difficult times to bring entertainment and togetherness from the players, umpires, coaches and those at the NTC who helped make this possible!
The Racket Tap…
On day two we were thrown into a bit of tension as Kyle Edmund lost 4-6 4-6 to Dan Evans and wasn’t too happy at the end.
The racket tap has taken over the handshake in these times and the power from Kyle wasn’t appreciated as Dan responded:
“Be very careful Kyle, be very careful mate” as Edmund walked back to the bench without responding…
Jodie Burrage impresses again at Roehampton!
Jodie Burrage who has had more than her fair share of injuries had a good week in Roehampton again. Having made it to the final of the Progress Tour the Brit showed belief and determination as she opened her week with a good performance and win against a returning Johanna Konta.
Not only did Jodie beat Jo but secured some big wins against Harriet Dart and Emma Raducanu as well as teaming up with Andy Murray in the mixed doubles.
Talking of Andy the plan from him was not to over-do it this week and just played some mixed doubles but was always court side cheering his team on and took a bit of singing…
Emma Raducanu shines for British BullDogs
17 year old Emma Raducanu was also in good form during the week. Her performance against Katie Boulter on Day 1 was exceptional as she defeated the former top 100 player 6-4 6-3 on the indoor courts at the National Tennis Centre.
The level of tennis from Emma just didn’t drop throughout the match even in a closely battled second set mid-way when Katie began to build some momentum she held in there really well.
You can read more on her win on Day 1 below: