5-7 April 2013- JAGUAR INDOOR ARENA
Great Britain Victory
Great Britain’s dramatic Davis Cup victory over Russia could lead to more international tennis action at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
The team’s stunning fightback to clinch a 3-2 win over their much-fancied opponents was the first time that Great Britain have responded from falling 2-0 behind to win in Davis Cup history since 1930.
Great Britain will discover who they face in September in the play-offs for the World Group in the draw tomorrow (Wednesday) at 11am and whether it will be a home or an away tie.
Gavin Fletcher, Tournament Director for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas tie, said a total of 8,394 spectators had enjoyed three days of tennis action at the Ricoh Arena.
He said: “The city of Coventry and Ricoh Arena have been extremely welcoming to us and we are very thankful to them for all their hard work in helping us to promote the event as well as all the fans who came along and helped make it such a special event.
“The support and enthusiasm throughout made our job all the easier and we couldn’t be more happy with the result. We’ll definitely look to come back again in the future to hold tennis events.”
Aegon GB Davis Cup Captain Leon Smith thanked the people of Coventry for their role in Great Britain's victory.
Leon said: “I’m so proud of the whole team, it was an amazing effort and we're all still on a high.
“The Ricoh Arena proved to be a fantastic venue and we hope the people of Coventry enjoyed hosting the tie.
“It was great to have a packed out crowd across the three days. They were a massive boost to the boys, helping to give them that extra motivation, so thank-you to everyone who supported us.”
Liz Cooper, Marketing Director at the Ricoh Arena, said the three days of Davis Cup action had been a resounding success.
“It was a real spectacle and a great atmosphere thanks to everyone with their clapper banners, horns and flag waving,” she said.
“As well as dignitaries from Coventry, we were pleased to welcome Greg Rusedski, Jeremy Bates and Lawn Tennis Association chief executive Roger Draper to the Ricoh Arena.
“The number of positive comments on social media has been overwhelming not only for the tremendous fightback shown by the Great Britain team but for the Ricoh hosting the Davis Cup in Coventry.
“From a logistics, planning and communications perspective it was a joined-up approach with the Ricoh, the LTA and Coventry City Council working together as one team and all the staff behind the scenes worked really hard to make sure everyone who came along had an amazing time.
“We would love to host the Davis Cup again in the future because this has shown the fantastic support for the competition in the Midlands and proves we have the facilities and experience to host international tennis action.”