Add ‘Best of British’ Championships To Summer Exhibition Calendar

WASHINGTON May 30, 2020 (by Michael Dickens)

As tennis continues the process of reopening with a variety of exhibitions in the U.S. and throughout Europe, Great Britain’s Jamie Murray confirmed on Friday that his closed-door event, Schroders Battle of the Brits, is a go – and for a good cause, too.

The six-day tournament that is being organized by the seven-time Grand Slam doubles and mixed doubles champion, will take place from June 23 to June 28 at the Lawn Tennis Association’s National Tennis Centre in Roehampton and raise a minimum of £100,000 for the NHS. It will help to fill the void left by the cancellation of this summer’s Wimbledon Championships for the first time since World War II due to global coronavirus pandemic.

The Schroders Battle of the Brits singles field will include Jamie’s brother, Andy Murray, as well as Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund. Champions will be crowned in both singles and doubles. The event will be broadcast live on Amazon Prime in the United Kingdom.

The last few months have been incredible challenging times for everyone and we see this event as our way of giving back,” Jamie Murray said, as quoted on the LTA website. “A lot of work has gone in to make sure this could happen and we are very excited to be able to bring an action-packed week of tennis, while raising value finds for NHS heroes to say thank you for the amazing work they have done.

“I’m really excited to be putting on Schroders Battle of the Brits and for the first time bringing together the current generation of British male players to compete against one another while raising significant funds for charity.

“I am particularly grateful to our broadcast partner here in the UK, Amazon Prime Video, for enabling this event to happen.”

Of note, Andy Murray, 33, will be making his 2020 debut during the week-long exhibition at Roehampton following a lengthy sabbatical while recovering from an injury that was originally diagnosed as a mild bone bruise. The injury kept him from being able to hit for three months.

Scott Lloyd, LTA chief executive, said: “The LTA is looking forward to bringing tennis back into people’s lives this summer and are excited about events like this inspiring fans to get involved in our sport and pick up a racket.”