ritish gamers suffered a troublesome day Down Below with a raft of defeats on Monday. Each Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund misplaced in straight units within the opening spherical of their ultimate warm-ups for the Australian Open, the second Adelaide Worldwide.
After which the three Britons in motion in Australian Open qualifying – Paul Jubb, Heather Watson and Sonay Kartal, all misplaced their respective matches.
A bunch of their countrymen and ladies nonetheless have the possibility to make it into the primary draw for the primary Grand Slam of the 12 months, which will get underway on Monday.
There are six Brits in motion in qualifying on Tuesday: Katie Swan, Katie Boulter, Liam Broady, Jodie Burrage, Yuriko Miyazaki and Ryan Peniston.
In Adelaide, Evans had been ranked fifth however struggled to carry serve in a 7-5, 7-5 loss to Mackenzie McDonald, the American breaking Evans on 5 separate events.
Edmund, who has had a prolonged spell on the sidelines after knee surgical procedure, confirmed indicators of promise however did not take any of his break-point alternatives as Miomir Kecmanovic sealed a break level in every set for a 6-4, 7-5 victory.
These competing on the Australian Open, in the meantime, have been advised they won’t be required to take Covid-19 exams and may even compete ought to they take a look at optimistic for the virus.
Match director Craig Tiley stated: “It’s a normalised environment for us and, not dissimilar to the cricket, there will potentially be players that will compete with Covid.”
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