Just back from Braehead after the 3 day extravaganza. Compared to last time, not a Murray in sight, but who needed one?! GB did the job anyway. Was sat very close to the teams and wish I had a pound for every bacon buttie I saw Evans munch his way through this weekend- someone needs to look into that boy's diet :-) No nerves at all though, very unusual in a British tennis player. Nothing seemed to faze him, it was very refreshing to watch.
At the end , with the GB team on the court, they announced a 'special thank you from the LTA for your support' (at that point I wondered if we were getting free temporary membership or a pen or something!)- and then they announced Belgium at Braehead in April. Was utterly gobsmacked- the 4th in a row, but, hopefully, will be getting tickets this week.
A great weekend was had by all- oddest sight of the week was seeing a collection of Slovakian team and support team filling carrier bags with goodies in the M&S food hall on Sat evening after the dubs!
Got back home last night, was pleasantly surprised at the weekend, good DC tie but I personally think "the Murray factor" was missing, not the same buzz and excitement as the previous two times, although Sunday was great, a real mixture of ups and downs. James Ward's matches were not great quality and as soon as Lacko went up through the gears the result was ominous. Dan Evans was brilliant, really exciting aggressive play, nice mix up of shots etc. Thought Andy's trainer Jez Green was so funny orchestrating the cheerleading from the Stirling and Glasgow uni crowd. Was really shocked when they announced at the end that the next tie would be played there, it's a wining formula so can see why. Leon Smith is a true captain, the team spirit is evident for all to see, he is doing a great job. Real selection headache for him if Andy says he can play, who does he drop- I would say Ward as surely Evans deserves another shot. Mind you April is difficult schedule wise for Andy, he will make the decision based on his own commitments as he strives for that GS, and quite right too. The other guys have stepped up and they needed to do it. Will buy tickets for the next tie when they come out and hope that Andy can play......