On Saturday, Andy Murray defeated tennis legend Goran Ivanisevic to win the Betfair Tennis Turbo trophy and a £50,000 cheque.
The tournament was played in Londons O2 Arena in front of 9,000 fans, plenty of whom were supporting their homegrown star, Andy Murray. Murray first beat his brother, Jamie, 7-5 in the semi-final, and then defeated surprise finalist, Ivanisevic, winning 7-4 to claim the winner-takes-all prize pot. Ivanisevic had defeated Greg Rusedski 9-8 in a sudden death decider to move his way into the semi-final where he saw off American James Blake before facing Andy in the final.
Andy broke the retired Croat’s serve, which used to be legendary in the game, almost immediately. Ivanisevic didn’t recover from being 4-2 down to the young Scot, and Murray won out 7-4.
The matches last just half an hour, and play is speeded-up considerably on an ultra-fast court. The event is still in the experimental stages, and will be moving to Spain next month. It seems like a lot of fun though; the players wore coloured clothing and were introduced with loud rock music. Afterwards Andy said:
“It was awesome. I really enjoyed myself and the crowd were unbelievable. It was a lot of fun playing a tennis match like this. For me to play against two Wimbledon champions in one day was great.”