ANDY Murray is expected to captain Scotland in an inaugural team tennis event against England in Aberdeen in November.
Following his stellar performances at Wimbledon and the US Open, the 18-year-old from Dunblane has been asked to lead Scotland against an England side likely to be spearheaded by Greg Rusedski.
Aberdeen City Council's resources management committee yesterday agreed to approve up to 50,000 towards sponsorship of the inaugural event, which will be called the Aberdeen Cup.
The two-day championship, proposed for Saturday and Sunday, 26-27 November, at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, would involve a Scottish team, consisting of Murray, his older brother Jamie, British women's No1 Elena Baltacha and the junior boy and girl champions of Scotland. Their English team would be made up of Rusedki, the British No2, as captain, David Sherwood, Amanda James and their respective junior champions.
Aberdeen councillor Neil Fletcher, the convener of resources and management committee, said: "This event will be a first for Aberdeen and will provide an opportunity for Scottish tennis fans to see Murray perform on home soil. A key part of sponsorship would be to provide coaching sessions for juniors, giving local youngsters the opportunity to meet and be taught by the UK's best talent.
"With a sellout crowd of 5,000 attending the singles and doubles matches and TV coverage, the Aberdeen Cup will provide an excellent platform to promote the city."
Kris Soutar, the north-east district tennis performance coach said the news was "unbelievable". "The last time we had players of that calibre in Aberdeen was in the late 1980s when Pat Cash and Kevin Curran played an exhibition," he said. "The fact it is ScotlandvEngland will definitely add some spice."