Dan Evans in the Nature Valley Open, ATP Challenger Nottingham 2018
Dan Evans in the Nature Valley Open, ATP Challenger Nottingham 2018 | (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images for LTA)

Tennis | Schroders Battle of the Brits | Evans won the title, British Tennis saw its future

  • Dan Evans beat Kyle Edmund to seal the title at the Schroders Battle of the Brits
  • The event was a success and the level of competitive tennis remained high throughout the week
ROEHAMPTON, UK – Dan Evans confirmed his leading role in national tennis and beat Kyle Edmund to win the Schroders Battle of the Brits singles title


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Dan Evans def. Kyle Edmund 6-3 6-2

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Dan Evans, the Brit No.1, lived up to his role and claimed the title at the first Schroders Battle of the Brit. He played the full week as it was a tour event to reaffirm and establish his leading position. In the title-match, he dismissed Kyle Edmund 6-3 6-2, completing his first win over him after two straight defeats.

The final came as a deserved conclusion for a competitive week at the National Tennis Centre, and a testimony to Jamie Murray who decided to organise it. After the match, he showed his pride as he admitted the event was an undeniable, big success. The players had a great time playing and honour the exhibition event giving their best from the first point to the last.

Evans completed the intense final committing three unforced errors to Edmund’s 20. The former World No.14’s errors helped the Brit No.1 to win key points and build confidence. Edmund started to over-hit as he lost the grip against the calmer opponent, able to move him around the court. He double-faulted to gift him two set points and netted an easy forehand on the first.

In the second set, Evans recovered from an early break and never looked back. He can look to the broader picture now, having to prepare for the first Tour event after the lockdown in Washington in six weeks. The 30-year-old is 11th in the Race to London, and in these unpredictable times, he can dream to have a path for glory on the hard courts of the United States that surely suit his game.

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The event gave fans to see, although only on TV, future prospects like Ryan Peniston or Paul Jubb who benefitted from the chance to compete in such a big stage against the top national players. British tennis celebrated itself, knowing the crisis is not behind us. But, as BBC reported, acknowledging also there’s no reason to indulge in desperate thoughts.

“We’re still in a very good position – which is a slightly strange thing to say when you’ve just cancelled the championships – but we’re financially very stable. I’m optimistic that the surplus [the annual payment to governing body the LTA] will be pretty well protected, and therefore the impact will be somewhat minimised,” said Chief Executive Richard Lewis.

It’s not time to make a change, then. It’s time to resurface, working for a better future.

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