After a few days of bad news coming out of the tennis world it was good to see some safe and fun tennis take place in Britain as the Battle of the Brits began in Roehampton.
First of all on the opening day saw organiser Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski take a quick lead against the left handed Cam Norrie and Liam Broady but the untested doubles pairing of Cam and Liam surprised Jamie and Neal to win the opening match.
The first singles match of the day saw James Ward who was such a pivotal member of the 2015 Davis Cup success against Kyle Edmund who had a resurgent beginning to 2020 before tennis was called off.
Both opened up the match with some impressive holds of serve but once Kyle Edmund got the forehand firing there was no looking back for Kyle winning five consecutive games as he took a 6-1 lead.
After a good opening game from Ward again this time he looked like finding the breakthrough on the Edmund serve finding a couple of break point opportunities but struggling to break down Kyle when it mattered the most.
In the seventh game the breakthrough did come but not for James Ward but for Kyle Edmund who extended to a 4-3 lead and serving to consolidate it.
That consolidation of serve didn’t come as James broke back following a string of errors but his backhand went onto let himself down with a third consecutive break.
James tried to push Kyle out-wide with his backhand but ended up pulling it wide a couple of times before hitting a backhand down the line into the net and Kyle went onto serve out impressively for an opening match win.