Super Sunday beckons and there could not have been a better script
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The scene is set for Super Sunday as the Union Jacks pulled off an epic comeback to level at 45-45.
It is almost as if it was scripted – Union Jacks take a lead on the first day and gradually get overhauled by the British Bulldogs. The horror story element comes with the match tie-breaks going the Bulldogs way. Then there was Moving Day, as the Jacks fought gallantly back but the Bulldogs just kept things out of their reach.
Leading up to the final act, one of the Dream Teams this week, the combination of Andy Murray and Heather Watson looked as though they were running away with things, but Liam Broady and Harriet Dart rallied to, of course, bring us a dramatic … yes you’ve guessed it… match tie-break.
So what can we expect in Act 3?
There are 29 points on offer, and the first team to snaffle 15 points will be crowned the winners of the Battle of the Brits Team Tennis.
But there has been so much more to this tournament than team banter and sledging. What started as the LTA formulating a plan of domestic competition with some high-profile competitions thrown in for good measure has become a valuable training ground for all British players to prepare for the tour restart.
Judy Murray said: “We've got good momentum, we've got incredible team spirit, it's been absolutely brilliant. The cheerleading, and the banter and the sledging has been phenomenal on both sides, and I think that the lower ranked players in the teams are getting a massive amount out of the camaraderie and learning from the experience of the older players around them, or the higher ranked players around them and that can only be a good thing for British tennis.”
Leon Smith agreed: “Look this is what it's all about. That last match was so much fun for everybody. Day Six in, everybody's played so much tennis, and just something like that gets the energy going. It's exactly what Jamie's vision would have been for something like this, having different people involved in it, everyone at the side of the court. As much as it stings like hell to lose that last one, it's brilliant.”
It might be cliched, but it really is all to play for, and as WTA Palermo’s release of the main draw does indeed signify the next stage of tennis’ international return, all Britain’s players should get the Super Sunday tour-return send-off they deserve.