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Sports News of Wednesday, 24 June 2020


Murray returns with win after seven months injured

Former world number one, Andy Murray, has returned to win the “Battle of the Brits’’ tournament at the national tennis centre in west London on Tuesday.

Murray, who has been out for seven months due to an injury, beat British number six Liam Broady by 6-2 6-2 in his first competitive match since the Davis Cup Finals in November.

The week-long event, organised by Murray’s brother Jamie and raising money for Britain’s National Health Service, is being played behind closed doors with strict health protocols in place.

While there were chair umpires, players picked up their own balls and towels.

The low-key setting was a far cry from the last week’s Adria Tour exhibition tournament.

On Tuesday world number one Novak Djokovic, who helped stage the Balkan event, tested positive for COVID-19.

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, Croatia’s Borna Coric and Serbia’s Viktor Troicki also tested positive for the virus, prompting criticism of lack of social distancing at the tournament in Serbia and Croatia.

There were also wins in London for the British number one Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund on the opening day.

Former world number one Murray will face Edmund in his next round-robin match.

“It was OK. I served well throughout the match. Didn’t hit the ball that well from the back of the court, wasn’t timing the ball well. But it was okay. For a first match in seven months and not been practising much. So, it was alright.”

“Last time I picked up my own balls was when I was about 17. Although we do it all the time in practice.”

The ATP Tour was halted in early March as nations closed borders and imposed lockdowns to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Last week the ATP and the women’s WTA issued revised calendars for the resumption of the circuit from August.


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