Brits Abroad #4: Andy Murray flying the flag for Great Britain solo once again

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After a disappointing start to the year’s first Grand Slam, which saw British trio Heather Watson, James Ward and Kyle Edmund exit in the first round, Andy Murray is the only Brit remaining and looks in promising form following a gruelling win over Grigor Dimitrov.

Murray will now face Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios is the quarter-final. However there is still British representation elsewhere, with both Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot along with their partners reaching the third round of the doubles tournament.

Inglot and partner Florian Mergea will take on top seeds the Bryan brothers for a place in the last eight.

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In the juniors draw there is more reason for rare optimism, with GB youngster Katie Swann is through to the second round of the girl’s singles and is also taking part in the doubles event later this week.

Following a productive week in Australia, which saw him qualify for his first Grand Slam, Kyle Edmund heads to Hong Kong for a Challenger events and will be up against Romanian Radu Albot in the first round.

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Challengers remain the bread and butter for most Brits

Whilst the ITF calendar continues, with proceedings move further north to Sunderland where last week’s champion in Sheffield, Dan Smethurst, will be looking to make it a hat trick of victories in the North East, having won the singles title in the last two years, there is also a women’s tournament taking place, with Tara Moore the star name.

Naomi Broady will look to bounce back from a disappointing start to the year, having been defeated in the first round of Australian Open qualifying, the 24-year old from Stockport is registered to take part in an ITF event in France, with fellow Brits Katy Dunne, Emily Webley-Smith, Naomi Cavaday and Isobel Wallace continuing their campaigns in the USA.

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