My report from the Braehead today, quite a few empty seats but still a really good atmosphere, helped in big parts by the Uni Students keeping everyone going and Jez Green keeping them going. We are sitting right beside them very funny. Both Goodall and Evans played well but there is just a difference in class which everyone knew would be the case. Shame for Evans looked like a bad line call in the tie break even Rochus was saying to the umpire that the ball was in. Seemed to spur Evans on tho and he broke straight away but then go broken back. Just read on here what the comms were saying about Andy, get a grip Frew McMillan Andy playing here would only disguise the fact GB are not good enough for yet for the next level, he would have won both his singles (probably) but would have wrecked his clay court preparations. What is more important Andy playing and getting Team GB to the world stages or Andy being successful, quite frankly there is no case to answer. The only case there is to answer is from the LTA how can a country like Belgium have two top 100 players and GB cannot produce any through their system, bearing in mind that Andy's success is due to his drive and desire and the support from his family.
Sure that Flemings and Hutchins will get the win tomorrow which will make for an interesting Sunday, wonder if Leon Smith will gamble and play Flemings as a singles player, after all he's at home in Scotland, would have massive home support and would really go for it.
Will be back tommorow with a report from day two!!!!
What would we do without the Uni Students!
I was wondering what Jez Green was doing there until I googled him (never done that before - quite impressive!) but he was probably doing a bit of fitness training for the team.
I suppose it was inevitable that the comms would have a dig at Andy's absence - expected better of Few McMillan though! Can't they get it into their heads that this is a big year for Andy, and also that, really, GB aren't at World Group level yet. At least it seems to have had the desired effect of getting our other players to step to the plate and show what they can do without Andy.
Well, this thing about the LTA has been argued about over and over again on here. It seems no matter how much money they claim to pump into British men's tennis, we still can't seem to get another player into the top 100. Strange though how the women can do it.
If Fleming and Hutchins do win, I'd like to see Fleming play the reverse singles - have never forgiven John Lloyd for not doing that in the Poland tie but insisted on playing the then woefully inexperienced Evans in the deciding rubber! Problem is, that if he does do that, and Fleming wins, then we'd still be left with an inexperienced player in the decider - but then look what happened against Slovakia!
Look forward to your report from day 2!