Preview: Battle of the Brits event 

It has been the best part of three months since British tennis players have been in action with Covid-19 halting competitive tennis. Now in a unique event organised by Jamie Murray the best singles and doubles players from Great Britain will compete once again. 

A welcome return to tennis 

With Covid-19 leaving its mark on the sporting world the tennis calendar as we know it has had to cancel events. Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since the First World War and also another major Grand Slam tournament The French Open being postponed until September.

However, with tennis players across the country having to adapt in these challenging times going off home workouts Novak Djokovic recently set up a series of exhibition matches in an event named the Adria Tour featuring the likes of Dominic Thiem, Grigor Dimitrov, and Alexander Zverev. 

Saying this despite the Adria Tour series going ahead many British tennis players haven't played a competitive tennis match in three months. 

The formatting includes eight men in the singles splitting into two groups for a round-robin stage, with the top two players from each group advancing. 

The doubles event will follow a similar format, but differing slightly with two groups of three. 

Andy Murray's return to action 

There is a stacked British line up which includes both of the world's top-ranked 50 players Kyle Edmund (44) and Dan Evans (28). Evan's rise in the world rankings is nothing short of amazing, having climbed up from 190 at the beginning of 2019 to now 28th in the world. 

All eyes however will firmly on the Scott Andy Murray who returns to  on-court action. With a world ranking of 129 and his last competitive match November last year in a Davis Cup encounter against Dutch player Tallon Griekspoor which was winning affair for Murray (6-7), (6-4), (7-6). 

Other Brits making up the field include Cameron Norrie, Jay Clarke, Liam Broady, James Ward, and Jack Draper

On the doubles side of things, favorites will be Jamie Murray and partner Neal Skupski who are placed in a group alongside Broady and Norrie, plus Evans and Lloyd Glasspool. Other doubles pairings include Edmund teaming up with Draper facing Joe Salisbury and Jonny O'Mara, plus Dom Inglot and Clarke. 

Play will commence 13:00 pm BST with coverage on Amazon Prime, with BBC sport showing selected highlighted clips. 

Due to social distancing rules, there will be no ball kids or line judges present.

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