Two years ago, the LTA’s National Tennis Centre in Roehampton staged St. James’s Place Battle of the Brits Team Tennis. Gathering the leading British ATP and WTA players, the event served as another excellent opportunity for everyone to build form ahead of the season’s restart scheduled for August. A three-time Major champion Andy Murray had fun with his colleagues, playing alongside Jodie Burrage in the mixed doubles. Sharing his thoughts with journalists, Andy wished to see more mixed doubles matches at the official tournaments.
The Briton mentioned the famous Hopman Cup clash between the USA and Switzerland from January 2019, with Serena Williams playing against Roger Federer. It was the deciding clash of the tie after Serena and Roger won their singles matches. Federer and Bencic defeated Williams and Tiafoe 4-2, 4-3 in swift 46 minutes to deliver the second point for their country. The Swiss pair served on a high level in the opening set, breaking Tiafoe in the fifth game after Bencic’s return winner and taking the set when Federer held at love a few minutes later.
Roger and Belinda saved a break chance in the second set’s fourth game. They claimed the tie break 5-3 after Federer’s great volley to celebrate another excellent performance and prepare for the clash against Germany in the last round-robin encounter. Murray said he would be thrilled to see a similar competition again, with the Hopman Cup losing its place in the calendar due to the ATP Cup in 2020. A two-time Wimbledon champion wished to see Rafael Nadal and other players from the top paired with the leading figures from the WTA Tour, feeling the crowd would enjoy that big time.
“I think tennis misses a bit of a trick with the mixed doubles stuff. The Hopman Cup, for example, was a brilliant event, and the players enjoyed it. It sometimes had a bit of an exhibition feel in some of the matches, but that would be my only criticism. I played there a bunch of times, and I loved it. It was a great event. Putting match-ups like Serena Williams against Roger Federer is brilliant for our sport. We can do that, and I think we should embrace it a little more, not necessarily every week, but at times. I would like to see Rafael Nadal on the court with some top female players. When I watched Roger and Serena playing, I liked it a lot. They were into it, and I’m sure they enjoyed it as well,” Andy Murray said.