Murray at Eastbourne

Having taken his first tentative steps back on the tennis court in nearly a year, Sir Andy Murray’s potentially difficult first round match at Eastbourne’s Nature Valley International turned into something of a stroll, as he dispatched Stan Wawrinka in straight sets. Unlikely as it may sound, the two multiple grand slam winners are currently ranked 156 and 225 respectively, as a result of injury and subsequent court absence, and the rankings did not lie as Murray prevailed 6-4, 6-3. However, despite his confidence-boosting victory, his lack of sharpness counted against him in the second round, where he came up against his protégé, Kyle Edmund, who’s hard fought 6-4, 6-4 win was Murray’s first defeat to a fellow Brit for twelve years. Whilst Edmund then crashed out in the next round, following an altercation with the umpire over a hawk-eye challenge, Murray has been given a potentially tricky first round tie against Frenchman Benoit Paire in the men’s draw at Wimbledon, but he has at least given a strong indication of his likelihood of taking up the challenge by appearing on the Wimbledon practice courts in a t-shirt emblazoned with the logo, “I WILL.” Let’s hope so.