The upcoming Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group tie between Great Britain and the United States will take place at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. The first round encounter will take place from 6-8 March 2015, with the winners set to face either France or Germany in the quarter-finals.
This is Great Britain’s second straight year in the World Group after the team maintained their position within the world’s elite by making the quarter-finals in 2014. Great Britain upset the Americans in San Diego with a 3-1 victory in this year’s first round and will be hoping to replicate that performance on home soil.
Leon Smith, Captain of the Aegon GB Davis Cup Team, said: “We’ve had absolutely brilliant experiences of playing in Glasgow during recent ties and the crowd always creates an unbelievable atmosphere. It’s going to be a huge deal with Andy heading back to play in Scotland for the first time since he won Wimbledon last year. It will no doubt be an emotional experience for all of us, just like it was when Andy came back to Glasgow and played against Luxembourg in 2011. You could see how much the crowd were desperate to see him play and we’re delighted to now be in a position to bring a World Group tie to a city that has given us so much support over the years.”
World No.6 Andy Murray added: “I’m really excited about coming to Glasgow to play in a World Group tie. It’s going to be a huge week for our team and I’m looking forward to be able to play in front of a home crowd. I did play Davis Cup in Glasgow a few years ago where we received incredible support, but this is a World Group tie so it’s a massive deal and we’ll be doing everything we can to get the win.”
The Emirates Arena will see a temporary tennis court built with a 7,100 capacity and the teams will be announced no later than ten days before the start of the tie. The Great Britain versus United States rivalry is the oldest in Davis Cup history, dating back to the very first competition which took place in 1900. The two nations last played each other on British soil in the 1999 World Group first round, and the USA lead the current head to head by 11-8.
James Ward who enjoyed an unforgettable five sets victory over Sam Querrey in the Great Britain versus USA tie this year said: “It’s great news that we’ve got a World Group tie at home. Our two ties in 2014 have both been away and I know the whole team is really excited to be going back to Glasgow. We’ve always had great support there when we’ve played, and we’re hoping that given this is one of the biggest ties we’ve played in our country in many years, that the crowds will come out in force and support us.”
Michael Downey, LTA Chief Executive added: “We have an incredible venue in a city with fantastic sporting pedigree, and a history between the two nations that will ensure this tie will be epic. It’s about time Great Britain got a World Group home tie – this is the first since 2008. The stakes are high and we are all looking forward to getting behind our team to get the job done.”
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “Welcoming the Davis Cup back to Glasgow underlines Scotland’s reputation as a major events destination and adds to our world-class portfolio for 2015, which already includes three World and two European Championships. The Davis Cup is one of the cornerstones of the sport’s annual calendar, and with Great Britain set to go up against the USA fans are guaranteed to see tennis of the very highest quality. The Emirates Arena continues to prove its credentials as a major event venue, and will certainly provide the perfect stage for the action.”
David Macmillan, Chief Marketing Officer at Aegon UK said: “It’s great that one of the leading events in world tennis is coming to Scotland. The Aegon GB Davis Cup Team will be looking to build on their recent victory over the USA and the home crowd could make all the difference. For tennis fans this looks set to be one of the highlights for the first half of the year and thousands of spectators will get to see the British team in action.”
Tickets will go on general sale from Tuesday 25 November. A variety of price points will be offered across all three days including within designated family sections. Hospitality is also available to purchase.