Murray and Glasspool win at Brits event

Murray and Glasspool win at Brits event

Andy Murray
Andy Murray has played one other match this week, losing in the mixed doubles alongside Jodie Burrage on Tuesday

Andy Murray helped his team narrow the gap in the Battle of the Brits Team Tennis with a dominant win alongside Lloyd Glasspool in the men’s doubles.

Murray and Glasspool, playing for the Union Jacks, beat British Bulldogs pair Alastair Gray and Dom Inglot 6-4 6-4 at the National Tennis Centre.

Their win followed team-mate Heather Watson’s 6-2 6-4 success against 17-year-old Emma Raducanu.

The British Bulldogs lead 30-20 in the unique team competition in Roehampton.

The country’s leading men and women are playing together in singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches in a week-long competition.

It has been organised by Jamie Murray to provide competitive action for British players while the professional tours remain suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The first to 60 points will win the event, which features 40 singles and 20 doubles matches and finishes on Sunday.

Andy Murray, who has been dealing with pelvic and shin injuries in recent months, is playing only in the doubles because he does not want to “take any risks” with his fitness.

The three-time Grand Slam champion is planning to play in the Cincinnati Masters and US Open double header, which is set to take place behind closed doors in New York in August.

The Scot, 33, showed glimpses of undoubted quality throughout the doubles match, including a crosscourt forehand winner from the baseline which clinched victory.

“I was happy, played well, returns were good, served pretty well. It was a good performance from both of us,” said Murray.

Heather Watson
Heather Watson, ranked 50th in the world, has won all three singles matches in Roehampton this week

Thursday’s order of play/results

Union Jacks 20-30 British Bulldogs (first to 60)

(Matches show Union Jacks players first)

Centre court:

Jodie Burrage 5-7 6-4 10-6 Harriet Dart (two points)

Heather Watson 6-2 6-4 Emma Raducanu (two points)

Andy Murray/Lloyd Glasspool 6-4 6-4 Dom Inglot/Alastair Gray (two points)

Not before 16:30 BST:

Ryan Peniston v Kyle Edmund (one point)

Jamie Murray/Heather Watson v Joe Salisbury/Emma Raducanu (three points)

Court one:

Naomi Broady 3-6 5-7 Maia Lumsden (one point)

Jan Choinski 6-2 6-3 Liam Broady (one point)

Anton Matusevich 6-3 1-6 10-6 Aidan McHugh (one point)

Olivia Nicholls/Alicia Barnett v Eden Silva/Beth Grey (two points)

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