Liam Broady to face Andy Murray in Battle of the Brits opener as Team Bath Tennis touring pro returns to tournament action
Tennis player Liam Broady will become the first Team Bath-based sportsperson to return to competitive action since the lockdown when he lines up against Sir Andy Murray in the Schroders Battle of the Brits tournament next week.
Taking place at the LTA’s National Tennis Centre from June 23-28, the exhibition men’s singles and doubles tournament will feature Britain’s eight top-ranked male players and will raise money for NHS Charities Together.
Team Bath Tennis touring professional Broady, who is coached at the University’s Sports Training Village and on the circuit by David Sammel, has been drawn in the Tim Henman Group for the round-robin men’s singles competition.
He will start against double Wimbledon champion Murray on Tuesday, then face James Ward the following day before completing his round-robin matches against Kyle Edmund.
“I’m feeling pretty good about the draw,” said Broady. “If I had to pick one person to beat in the tournament, Andy would be up there.
“I am definitely coming into the tournament with no pressure, which is always a good thing – nothing to lose!”
We’ve all got that one friend that likes to give it some on the group chat. They all seem to agree that @Liambroady has been the noisiest, but can he back it up ⁉️ Not long to go until we find out! #battleofthebrits 🇬🇧🎾🏆 pic.twitter.com/edeIrzt2Mv
— Schroders Battle of The Brits (@BattleofTheBrit) June 13, 2020
The group winners and runners-up will progress to the semi-finals, where they will face the top two in the Greg Rusedski Group of Jay Clarke, Jack Draper, Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie.
Broady is also partnering Norrie in the men’s doubles, where they will feature in the opening match of the tournament against event organiser Jamie Murray and his partner, Neal Skupski. Evans and Lloyd Glasspool are also in the Paul Hutchins Group.
The matches will be played behind closed doors but televised live on Amazon Prime.
6 days of tennis coming your way in the UK’s very first ‘behind-closed-doors’ tournament to bring much-missed live sport to fans, while raising a minimum of £100,000 for @NHSCharities 🎾🇬🇧 Follow all the action on @primevideosport #battleofthebrits @jamie_murray @Schroders pic.twitter.com/lEqsrFQSi4
— Schroders Battle of The Brits (@BattleofTheBrit) June 5, 2020