Davis Cup Tennis Great Britain live
The Emirates Arena produced the best atmosphere Andy Murray says he has ever played in.
Planning for a potential quarter-final began before the first-round tie with the United States. Grass is an obvious starting point for any team fielding Andy Murray in the week after Wimbledon, but the options are more limited than they first appear.
The All England Club did stage a Davis Cup tie in the week after Wimbledon 2000, but the LTA says it has already been ruled out this year. The baselines suffer more wear and tear these days and the quality of the court could deteriorate alarmingly if it was subjected to four days of practice and three more days of play.
The Queen's Club does not wish the Aegon Championships stands to remain in place for a further four weeks, which appears to leave Eastbourne as the only established grass-court venue with a big enough capacity. The regular sea breeze may count against it, however, and Devonshire Park does not have a track record as the most atmospheric of venues.
Murray's initial assessment was that grass would suit his game and assist Dom Inglot's serve. He feels that with the exception of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - who has not played yet this season because of an arm injury - potential members of the French team would not relish a tie on grass.
So captain Leon Smith's first move is to decide, in conjunction with his team, whether grass would offer GB an advantage they dare not concede.
But if the benefits are not considered to be all that great, then a hard court - which may suit James Ward better - is the other option. And although it seems a little perverse to stage a tie indoors in one of the few months of the year when the weather can usually be relied upon, the noise generated and retained under a roof is hard to emulate.
Smith believes passionately Scotland should have the opportunity to stage more of the sport's big events, and with five consecutive weeks of grass-court tournaments in England in the run up to the quarter-final, Glasgow may again prove a compelling option.
The Hydro (which staged the boxing and the netball finals of last year's Commonwealth Games) could house more spectators than the Emirates, but Bette Midler got in first and is performing there on the Monday of Davis Cup week, which makes a return to the scene of Britain's first-round triumph a real possibility.
Serbia thumped Croatia 5-0 in their Davis Cup World Group tie at the weekend
Once the venue is sorted - the LTA must inform the International Tennis Federation of its choice by 7 April - a strategy to beat France must be unearthed.
With the exception of a Serbia team featuring world number one Novak Djokovic and his good friend Viktor Troicki (who is fuelled by the sense of injustice he still feels at being banned for failing to take a blood test), France are the one team you would prefer to avoid.
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