Due to the pandemic, professional tennis action has been completely put on hold, but the players don’t seem to have set their racquets aside. Quite a few players were seen hitting a few balls at various exhibitions, one of them being the ‘Battle of the Brits Team Tennis’ in London’s National Tennis Centre. British number one Dan Evans, and former world number one Andy Murray are also part of the exhibition tour.
The world is avoiding handshakes, practicing social distancing, and adapting to new norms. In tennis, handshakes are a crucial part of the game and now they have been replaced by racquet striking between the two players. The racquet banging created a scene during Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund’s match earlier on Tuesday.
After the end of their match, Kyle seemed to be rather upset about losing the match. At the net, and in lieu of a handshake, he hit Evans’ racquet a bit too hard. Evans wasn’t delighted about it and the incident led to some tension between the two.
Dan Evans vs Kyle Edmund
British beef. pic.twitter.com/ljN2Zwbe1N
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Following that Evans said, “Be very careful, Kyle. Be very careful mate. Did you see what he did to my racquet? He just teed my racquet. When I put my racquet there, he just absolutely belted my racquet.” Dan Evans later mentioned that it was like breaking Edmund almost broke his racquet.
Battle of the Brits Team Tennis
Battle of the Brits Team Tennis event has been scheduled to take place between 27 July and 2 August 2020. The event is organized by Andy’s elder brother Jamie Murray, and their mother Judy is part of the organizing committee.
The players are split into two teams, Union Jacks and British Bulldogs. Judy is also coaching one of the two teams in the tournament alongside former British player Greg Rusedski.
WTA tennis players such as Johanna Konta, Heather Watson, and Katie Boulter are also part of the Brit exhibition tournament.
Source: Tumaini Carayol Twitter