Just back to the hotel after the second day at Braehead, great atmosphere today and a really good match, both Flemings and Hutchins played really well, so it is pulled back to 2-1, not really that unexpected given that Colin and Ross are developing into such a quality doubles team (announced just before the match they are 10th in the race for London). Still a very uphill task for team GB, Rochus is a quality player. Still firmly believe that Andy did totally the right thing in not playing this weekend, it would have totally wrecked his clay court preparations, would much rather see him defending and bettering his points from last year. Team GB need to be able to do something without relying solely on Andy. Pity Dan Evans is not playing first as he has the potential to even up the tie, his ranking really does belie his ability, cracking player with a lot of guts. One thing that is blatantly obvious is the difference that a good captain makes i.e. Not John Lloyd, the players and the back room team are so together and there for each other unlike days gone by when JL pillarised players and did not care who he trampled on.
The uni students did a great job in keeping the crowd entertained today, particularly the four of them that were dressed in skimpy very clingy union jack dresses complete with matching handbags. I did a double take as I thought "the years have nae been kind to Ginger Spice". The students are worth the entrance money alone, they do a great job of cheerleading the team. Hope they are all on song and in costume for tomorrow.
Thanks for the report MM. Glad Colin and Ross managed to win in four sets - seems it was quite a nail-biter! So no change for tomorrow's singles then. I'm sure the lads will play their hearts out and give the Belgians another fight, even if they do lose. They're obviously really up for it - another sign of a good captain. JL was about as inspirational as a wet sponge, but don't even get me started on him!!
Sounds like the Uni students alone are almost worth the entrance money!
Interesting what you say about Dan Evans. He showed right at the start that he had great potential, then fell by the wayside a bit (bad boy of British tennis, etc). Now that he seems to have taken a tumble to himself, I hope he goes on to have a successful career.
If Scotland had a separate DC Team, do you think Andy would have played this particular weekend and please be TRULY honest with your responses.
Being truly honest - In the circumstances, no. Not with such a heavy schedule this year and training with Lendl for the clay-court season. Scotland would have had a reasonably good team comprised of Colin Fleming, Jamie Murray and Jamie Baker. Fleming/Murray for the doubles, and Baker with either of them for the singles. I think he would have played though if there had been a possibility of Scotland being relegated.