Davis Cup action to return to the Ricoh

By Steve Carpenter Tuesday 09 April 2013 Updated: 11/04 10:52

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The victorious Great Britain Davis Cup team (s)

THE Davis Cup could be heading back to the Ricoh.

The Jaguar Exhibition Hall hosted Great Britain's three-day tie with Russia as the home side come from 2-0 down to record a surprise 3-2 win over the favourites.

It is the latest high profile sporting event to be staged at the stadium following last year's Olympics.

All three days were virtually sell outs and Gavin Fletcher, tournament director, said it would be considered for future events.

“We’ll definitely look to coming back again in the future to hold tennis events," he told The Observer.

“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 on the day 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.”

Liz Cooper, marketing director at the Ricoh, said the three days had been a resounding success and welcomed the opportunity to host more tennis action.

She said: “It was a real spectacle and a great atmosphere thanks to everyone with their clapper banners, horns and flag waving.

“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.

“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.”

Great Britain's captain Leon Smith also hailed the Coventry crowd as the hosts fought back against all odds to secure their place in the 16-nation World Group Play-offs in September.

Speaking after the unlikely victory, Smith thanked the crowd who turned out in large numbers throughout the weekend.

He added: “I thought each day it got better and better here.

“I think on day one people are kind of getting used to what it is and that you can really throw your support behind players.

“We have seen it at the Braehead Arena where after a few times of hosting it they get more used to it and get more vocal.

“But through Saturday and certainly through today the atmosphere here has been fantastic, so we have really enjoyed it here.”

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