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Andy Murray braced for another tearful reunion when Davis Cup returns to Braehead in Scotland

Glasgow’s tennis community will be given another chance to reduce Andy Murray to tears after it was announced that the British Davis Cup team would return to the Braehead Arena for their next tie in September.

Murray, who led Britain to a 4-1 victory over Luxembourg at the Glaswegian shopping centre earlier this month, his first appearance for Britain in Davis Cup since the 3-2 defeat to Poland in Liverpool in September 2009, was so overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection from the crowd that he could hardy finish his on-court interview.

“I don’t get the chance to come here very often, so …” he said following his first competitive matches in Scotland for five years.

It is thus a shrewd decision by the powers-that-be to give Glasgow another go, seizing on both the locals’ jubilant reaction to Davis Cup tennis, the crowd providing a full house atmosphere that has been missing from recent ties, and Murray’s evident delight at playing at home as he swept through three rubbers without dropping a set.

Captain Leon Smith and his masters will be hoping that Murray returns to the place of his birth in similar style for the next tie, the Europe/Africa Zone Group Two promotion play-off against Hungary, which, should they win, would mean a return to the Davis Cup’s second tier.

“The fans at the Braehead Arena gave us such tremendous support for the win against Luxembourg, so it’s a great way of saying thank you to them,” Smith said.

“We know Hungary will be tough to beat, but if we get a full house behind us again, there’s no reason why we can’t make it back up into Group One of the Davis Cup again.”

Britain played their last Group One match in Glasgow, a 4-1 thrashing against Ukraine in March 2009.

Murray was absent then, struck down by a virus the week before the tie, leaving Josh Goodall and Chris Eaton as the two singles players.

But a lot has changed since that gloomy long weekend, not least Murray’s return to the fold.

The improved form of Jamie Murray, who partnered his brother for the first time on Davis Cup duty in Glasgow, the recent progress of James Ward, and the continued presence of doubles specialists Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins means that Smith, one year into his tenure as captain, will have every confidence of another British victory on the Braehead ice rink.

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