GLASGOW has been hailed the winner after this weekend's sell-out Davis Cup clash between Great Britain and the USA at the £113million Emirates Arena.
Over 22,000 fans packed into the city's iconic Emirates Arena for three days of world-class tennis action starring among others British number 1 Andy Murray. Great Britain came out on top after an enthralling encounter, with Murray proving to be the difference winning both his matches in front of a passionate home support.
But it was the host city that stole the headlines after the event, with players praising both the venue and the atmosphere created by spectators over the three days.
Murray said: “It was pretty special. On behalf of all of the players I want to thank the crowd because it's been one of the most special atmospheres I've ever played in. To play in front of a packed arena is just very special and I’m glad I was able to get the win.”
Team-mate James Ward added: “This is by far the best atmosphere I've ever been involved in and thank you very much to all the crowd.”
The event kick-started an unforgettable year of sport in Glasgow with the IPC Swimming World Championships and the World Gymnastics Championships also set to take place later this year.
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of the Glasgow City Council, said: "It has been yet another fantastic weekend of sport in Glasgow, with the Davis Cup making its debut at the Emirates Arena in front of capacity crowds each day.
"Glasgow's Year of Sport is well and truly underway, with some of the world's leading events and sports stars set to take centre stage in the city over the coming months.
“Our attention will now turn to the IPC Swimming World Championships and World Gymnastics Championships, when we will welcome the world's best para swimmers and gymnasts to our great city.
“This is Glasgow's Year of Sport and we are ready to shine on the world stage."
Jamie Hepburn Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, said: "This has been a great event, with top-class tennis played in front of a packed house.
“Today is the start of Legacy Week and we'll be shining the spotlight to look at some of the ways Scotland has benefited from last year's Commonwealth Games. This fantastic Davis Cup match, played at a Games venue, is a great example of the sporting benefits the Games have brought."