TENNIS fans who missed out on tickets for this weekend's eagerly anticipated Davis Cup tie between Great Britain and the USA can watch the action for free on big screens at two city venues.
Glasgow Life has teamed up with Tennis Scotland to host the free family events in Merchant Square and at the Kelvingrove Tennis Centre, where they will also be able to put their tennis skills to the test.
The action gets underway at 1pm each day (Friday to Sunday) with Merchant Square hosting an interactive skills zone and a speed of serve competition with free coaching sessions being delivered at Kelvingrove. The Tennis in the Square and Tennis in the Park events will run close at 8pm each day.
Over 21,000 tickets have been sold for the three-day Davis Cup spectacular at the Emirates Arena, which will see British number 1 Andy Murray and his Great Britain team-mates go head to head with the USA.
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "Since opening its doors in October 2012 the Emirates Arena has played host to a range of world-class sporting events but this weekend sees tennis make its debut.
"This Emirates Arena has been transformed into a temporary tennis venue for the arrival of Andy Murray and company for what is shaping up to be three days of top-class action.
"Not surprisingly the event is already a sell-out but the fan zones will give those who missed out on a ticket the chance to savour what will be an incredible weekend of world-class tennis."
Tennis Scotland Tennis Development Manager, Mike Cohen, said. "Obviously the best way to see the Davis Cup is to be there but this will be a very close second! The atmosphere at the Tennis in the Square and Tennis in the Park events will be absolutely fantastic and, not only will you be in a position to see the action on the giant screens, there's other great entertainment on offer as well."
The arrival of the Davis Cup at the Emirates Arena comes just weeks after the City Council and Glasgow Life unveiled plans to invest £250,000 five new synthetic tennis courts in Queen’s Park as part of their tennis development strategy. Queen’s Park is one of six sites in the city that are available for free public use.