In the first tournament of the year so called Hopman Cup, in not so comfortable circumstances, Andy Murray and Heather Watson gave Great Britain the victory over France. It was a hard day to play the game, with the temperatures somewhere around 44c during the last match where Andy Murray beat Benoit Paire with 6-2 and 7-5 to secure the Great Britain win, and secure the valuable points needed to go through the group stage. The next match will be on Wednesday where they will play Poland and on Friday facing Australia, before going through the group stage in Saturday if they reach the top of the group.
After Andy Murray’s victory, Heather Watson lost the game to Alize Cornet with 6-2 6-2 followed by the mixed doubles where Britain won with 6-4 2-6 10-8.
On the 19th of January the Australian Open begins therefore all players must take place in three singles matches in order to prepare for one of the four greatest tournaments in Tennis.
In the Group A of the Hopman Cup there are Canada with Eugine Bouchard and VasekPospisil, Czech Republic with Lucie Sarafova and Adam Pavlasek, Italy with FlaviaPennetta and Fabio Foginini, and United States with Serena Williams and John Isner.
In the Group B of the Hopman Cup are the following countries and players: Australia with Casey Dellacqua and Matt Ebden, Great Britain with Heather Watson and Andu Murray, France with Alize Cornet and Benoit Paire and Poland with AgnieszkaRadwanska and Jerzy Janowicz.
Andy Murray commented that it is a good place to start the preparations for the Australian Open here on 44 degrees, and that it is not like his old town in Scotland. He cannot practice and prepare there for a tournament that doesn’t have the same temperature and same circumstances as his home town, that’s why it’s a good job to be here in the first place.
Andy Murray came to the Hopman Cup after playing an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi few days ago, where he felt pain in his left shoulder. On the training before the match and on the actual match he was feeling the soreness again, and he is afraid that it may cause him some bigger problems in the upcoming matches. He comments that it has no sense for a player that plays with his right hand to have problems with the left one it must have come from something other than tennis. He went to the doctor’s appointment in Abu Dhabi and got his shoulder checked; the results were that he didn’t have anything there.
This was the first time since 2011 for Andy Murray to play the Hopman Cup, where his partner was Laura Robson.
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