Great Britain got off to the perfect start to this year’s Hopman Cup in Australia, after beating France in their opening match.
Each tie consists of a men’s and women’s singles match followed by mixed doubles, a tired and tested format for top players to ease their way into the new season.
Great Britain have their two number 1’s Andy Murray and Heather Watson in action. Murray gave his side the early initiative by beating Benoit Paire 6-2, 7-5 in the scorching Perth heat.
Doubles showdown decided tie
Watson then lost in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 to world No. 18 Alize Cornet, who levelled up the tie going into the mixed doubles.
Murray and Watson won then wrapped up their victory after a hard fought 6-4, 2-6, 10-8 win in the mixed doubles. Britain will now play Poland on Wednesday and then Australia on Friday, with the group winners reaching Saturday’s final.
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Australian Open looms large
The tournament, which consists of 16 of the world’s best tennis players from 8 countries acts as a preparation for the opening Grand Slam event of the year, the Australian Open, which begins on January 19, world No. 6 Murray will participate in Melbourne despite having soreness in his left shoulder, "I had the problem in Abu Dhabi a couple of days ago and haven't had much time to serve after that,"