Britain’s top tennis players sent themselves off towards an uncertain trip to America next month with a compelling climax to the Battle of the Brits team event behind them.
Andy Murray confirmed he will be among those making the trip to the US Open — assuming it happens — after taking part in the week-long match between two sides that came down to the final match.
Joe Salisbury and Harriet Dart clinched the competition on Sunday night 63-56 for the British Bulldogs, after beating chief organiser Jamie Murray and partner Heather Watson 6-4, 6-2.
It concluded seven days of Brit-only competition that featured cheerleading, sledging between the rival benches and even the odd obscene gesticulation.
Despite the two teams starting level on the last day Jo Konta, for example, chose to sit it out after just two singles appearances, saying, ‘With the upcoming schedule and the amount of potential matches, my team and I wanted to manage my time on the match court’.
When fans are allowed in this kind of event, with a few tweaks, is likely to prove popular. But for now the main competitors will turn their attentions to New York.
Andy Murray, who restricted himself to a winning mixed doubles on Sunday, will play both the relocated Cincinnati Open at Flushing Meadows followed by the US Open — joining the likes of Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund, who have also been in action at Roehampton this past week.
‘I don’t know how many opportunities I’ll have left to play in Slams, so while I’m feeling relatively decent I will,’ said Murray.
‘Obviously there is a risk there, but I want to try and play in them and enjoy the biggest events again.
‘Even though there will be no fans, I’m willing to take a risk to go and play.’
Murray plans to travel ahead of the ‘bubble’ opening in the middle of August to train on a private court, and will be accompanied only by his coach Jamie Delgado and physio Shane Annun.
He will stay in the designated hotel, and does not agree with the policy of allowing players to stay in their own private accommodation if they wish.
He said: ‘I was planning on staying in the hotel to be honest. It would make more sense to me if it was on one site. I would prefer it that way, you have to hope the players staying in private houses are being responsible.’