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Glasgow Excited To Host Davis Cup Again - Bob Larson's Tennis News

Glasgow Excited To Host Davis Cup Again


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Refusal by the band Florence and the Machine to vacate a larger, more suitable venue in Glasgow the third weekend of September – and thus avoid a date conflicts with Davis Cup – cannot diminish the growing enthusiasm on the Scottish city of Glasgow for the semi-final tie between Britain and Australia, which will now be staged in the smaller – but available – Emirates Arena.

Pleas by LTA officials to the band to perhaps change the date of venue of their concert which conflict with the September 18-20 Davis dates fell on deaf ears, with tennis bosses biting the bullet and going with the secondary arena. Britain is playing a Davis Cup semi-final for the first time since 1978, with Scots Andy and Jamie Murray playing starring roles for the squad.

The Emirates hosted the March first-round tie which got Britain started on the road to success by beating the visiting US. Up to 8,200 fans, the minimum allowed by the ITF, will be packing the rafters for the upcoming tie.

“We have had incredible support any time we played at home, none more so than when we played in Glasgow,” British captain Leon Smith told Scottish media. “Playing indoors allows the noise level to go through the roof and will give our team the ideal platform they need to get inspired.

“This will be important against a nation with the Davis Cup pedigree of Australia as we try to reach the final of competition for the first time in nearly 40 years.”

Added Murray: “It’s exciting for the team to be going back to Glasgow. It’s always special to play in front of a home crowd and we are fortunate to have played our last three ties at home.

“We had a unique atmosphere in Glasgow, the crowd was unbelievable. It’s going to be a huge week for our team and we’ll be doing everything we can to get GB through to the final.” Australia holding an 8-4 lead in the tennis series.

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