Rusedski joins Murray for 'tartan tie' rehearsal

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Andy Murray will appear in front of his Scottish supporters at the weekend as a taster ahead of Britain's Davis Cup tie in Renfrewshire in April next year.

Acknowledging Murray's potential drawing power, the Lawn Tennis Association has decided to stage the nation's first home tie since 2002 at Braehead Arena. The last time Scotland hosted a Davis Cup tie was in 1970 for a match against Austria in Edinburgh.

Given a bye in the first round of the Euro-African Zone next year, Britain are due to play either Serbia & Montenegro or Israel in the second round.

Murray, who has soared from No 400 to No 65 in the world rankings in his first year on the ATP Tour, is due to play a double-header against Greg Rusedski, the British No 2, in the Aber- deen Cup tomorrow night and on Sunday night.

The event, which pits Scottish players against rivals from south of the border, gives Murray an opportunity to give a live performance for his home spectators.

Murray was also delighted yesterday to hear that Britain's next Davis Cup match was to be a tartan tie. Murray said: "I am sure the Scottish crowd will get behind the team and create a fantastic atmosphere."