England spoiled the Murray brothers’ Christmas party by easing to victory in the Battle of the Brits challenge… although Jamie and Andy ended on a positive note with a double win in what could be the latter’s final appearance in Scotland
- England’s tennis players eased to victory in the Battle of the Brits challenge
- Andy and Jamie Murray ended on a positive note though with a doubles win
- This could be Andy’s last appearance for Scotland during his career
England’s tennis players ruined the Murray brothers’ Christmas party when they won the Battle of the Brits challenge.
The likely last chance for Jamie, 36, and Andy, 35, to play doubles in Scotland turned into a dead rubber after Paul Jubb beat Aidan McHugh 6-2, 6-2 to give England an unbeatable 8- 1 lead.
If this was to be Andy Murray’s last appearance in Scotland, at least it ended on a positive note, as he and Jamie lost to Dan Evans and world No 1 Neal Skupski 6-3, 6-4 in the last match before the other more enthusiastically. capacity crowd in Aberdeen.
England eased to victory in the Battle of the Brits challenge on Thursday night
Jamie and Andy Murray ended on a positive note though with a doubles victory
This could be the former Wimbledon champion’s last appearance in Scotland in his career
First in the singles, the former Wimbledon champion fell to GB No 2 Evans — after Jubb and Skupski clinched the day’s opening doubles — losing to his Davis Cup teammate 6-4, 3-6, 10-8.
Whether or not this was the brothers’ last event together north of the border, Murray wasn’t going to let them get together again before his body gave up on time.
‘When I had a hip injury and I couldn’t play singles, that was something we looked at, playing a few doubles in a year or a few big events together,’ said the younger brother.
‘Whether it will happen in the future, I don’t know. We both have families and it had to be something we both wanted to do.
‘We had some great moments together, incredible memories, and it’s great to do it again in such a beautiful environment.’
Dan Evans defeated Murray earlier in the evening before he defeated Andy and Jamie in doubles action