Davis Cup

24 Nov 2005

The LTA is pleased to announce that Braehead Arena in Renfrewshire, Scotland has been chosen to play host to the forthcoming Davis Cup by BNP Paribas tie between Marsh Team GB and either Serbia & Montenegro or Israel on 7th to 9th April 2006.

The second round Euro-African Zone Group One tie will be the first in Britain since September 2002 when Great Britain defeated Thailand. The Braehead Arenacan accommodate 3,900 spectators for each day's play and tickets for all three days of the tie will go on sale to the public from 12 noon on Monday 5th December.  The box office number is 0870 444 6062 and website details are: www.ticketmaster.co.uk

It is only the second time in forty years that Scotland has staged a Davis Cup tie; the last occasion was in 1970 when Great BritainhostedAustria in Edinburgh. The staging of the tie in Scotland has been made possible by the support of EventScotland, Renfrewshire Council and the Braehead Arena.

Jeremy Bates, GB Davis Cup Captain, said: "We are delighted to finally have a home tie after three and a half years on the road and I know the team are looking forward to playing in front of our home fans in Scotland.  This is going to be a tough tie, but I'm sure the tremendous support we will get from the crowd will be invaluable. It is important that we stage ties at locations throughout Great Britain and this home tie is a fantastic opportunity to reach out and inspire a new generation of British players."

Andy Murray said: "It is great for Scotland that for the first time in over 30 years a Davis Cup tie is being held there.  I am sure the Scottish crowd will get behind the team and create a fantastic atmosphere."

Greg Rusedski said: "In the ten home ties I have played for Great Britain I have been overwhelmed by the support that the British public have given us and it has always given the entire team a massive boost."

Paul Bush, Deputy Chief Executive of EventScotland, who are supporting the tie, said: "EventScotland is delighted to have played a significant role in bringing the Davis Cup back to Scotland for the first time since 1970.  Our investment and support of £100,000 will help to provide additional staging and infrastructure inside the Braehead Arena to ensure it is ready to host top class tennis.  Attracting the Davis Cup provides further evidence of Scotland's growing reputation as a world class destination for international events and we look forward to working with the Lawn Tennis Association and Renfrewshire Council."

Cllr Jim Harkins, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said:   "I am delighted that the Davis Cup tie is coming to Renfrewshire.  Attracting such events which increase visitor numbers to the area is a key component of our economic strategy. Our local hotels and businesses will also benefit from this prestigious event."

Sports Minister Patricia Ferguson welcomed the announcement that the Davis Cup is coming back to Scotland: "Attracting the Davis Cup is a great coup and reinforces our determination - through EventScotland - to attract high profile events like this to Scotland.Interest in Tennis is booming in Scotland with participation levels growing and interest in the sport at a record high."

Gavin Fletcher, Tournament Director, said: "We are delighted to be staging this forthcoming tie in Scotland at the Braehead Arena and would like to thankboth Renfrewshire Council and EventScotland for the strong support we have received to help make it happen."

The box office number for tickets is 0870 444 6062
www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Further information:

Gareth Mills                
LTA Communications
Tel:         020 7381 7009
Mob:        079 7114 1014
Gareth.Mills@LTA.org.uk

Notes:

  • Israel play Serbia & Montenegro in Israel between 10th-12th February 2006
  • Great Britain take on Israel or Serbia & Montenegro at BraeheadArena from 7th -9thApril 2006
  • Official ITF Davis Cup rankings: GB 25; Israel 33; Serbia & Montenegro 34
    Marsh Team GB represents the best of British Tennis. It encourages competition and it rewards success at every level, while embracing the contribution of many different individuals towards a positive and successful team
  • Ten principal teams representing Great Britain in international competition range from high profile Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Junior teams to the successful wheelchair, deaf and veteran players
  • The Marsh Team GB theme is designed to inspire pride, passion and improved performance - not only at the top end of the sport but throughout British tennis as a whole
  • Ticket offers will include group bookings, half price for children under 16, 2 & 3 day tickets.  See LTA Online for details of booking offers www.LTA.org.uk
  • EventScotland is the national organisation for sports and cultural events.  A joint venture between the Scottish Executive and VisitScotland, it was created to deliver the Major Events Strategy published by the Scottish Executive in November 2002. The strategy is designed to maximise the benefits of existing events, to attract new events, to showcase Scotland's assets and to encourage more people to visit Scotland to experience at first hand major sporting, cultural and arts events being staged in the country.  www.eventscotland.org
  • Braehead Arena is a spectacular international venue situated on the banks of the River Clyde in Renfrewshire. With superior equipment and facilities, excellent sound quality and a massive audience of 1.5 million people within 25 minutes drive, Braehead Arena is a top class venue. Adjoined by the extremely successful Braehead Shopping and Leisure Centre, visitors to the arena can take advantage of excellent retail and leisure facilities. The shopping centre attracts 20 million customers every year.
  • Braehead and Xscape from the Clyde