Even as the tennis world grapples with the ramifications of the Adria Tour fiasco, two other exhibition tournaments got underway yesterday; the Battle of the Brits in Roehampton and the Credit One Bank International at Charleston.
Murray off to a Flier
At the Battle of the Brits, Andy Murray made a much-awaited return to competitive tennis after having not played since his Davis Cup match last November. And he did not waste too much time on court demolishing Liam Broady in his opener.
Murray won 6-2, 6-2, shrugging off rustiness and looking reasonably sharp in his movements on the court.
He said while he did not have too much trouble moving, he found the courts at Roehampton very tricky to navigate. Murray added:
“It was all right for the first match in seven months. I served pretty well, but I didn’t hit the ball that well.”
In other singles matches, Dan Evans had no trouble getting past James Ward while Kyle Edmund eased past Jay Clarke.
And in one of the doubles match played on the opening day, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski were handed a shock loss by Cameron Norrie and Broady. The latter overcame a one set deficit to win the match tie-breaker 11-9.
Ryan Peniston joined the tournament after Jack Draper had to pull out because of an injury and combined with Dom Inglot in another doubles match. The Peniston-Inglot pair went down to Ward and Edmund in straight sets.
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Kenin Resumes with an Easy Win
Over at Charleston, Team Peace and Team Kindness went head to head in four singles matches on day one of their exhibition competition.
Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin kick-started the day with an easy 6-1, 6-1 win over Alison Riske to give Team Peace a 1-0 lead over Team Kindness. Leylah Fernandez levelled the score with a 6-4, 6-0 thrashing of Emma Navarro before the third match of the day between Danielle Collins and Amanda Anisimova was interrupted.
Collins was leading 4-1 at the time.