THERE was to be no fairytale ending to the inaugural Glasgow Trophy as Arbroath’s Jonny O’Mara and partner Scott Clayton suffered a 6-1, 7-5 defeat to Spaniards Gerard Granollers and Guillermo Olaso in the doubles final at a sold-out Scotstoun Leisure Centre. Seeded No 1, the British pair were not able to impose their game on the Spaniards, who raced into a 6-1 lead. Despite a second-set comeback with the noisy Glasgow crowd at their backs, O’Mara and Clayton were unable to claim the second set which would have seen the title decided in a championship tie-break.

“It was a tough match and we got off to a slow start which in doubles can be costly,” said O’Mara. “Credit to our opponents, they played great, from the first point they returned great and they probably played better than us. We tried our best, fought hard in the second set but it just didn’t quite happen for us today which is a shame but that’s how it goes. “It’s a shame personally for me that that match didn’t quite happen in a final in Glasgow but hopefully we get another chance at it again here in the future. At the end of the day it was a good week so we just have to take the positives from it.”

There are hopes that this event, the biggest ATP event to be hosted in Glasgow for years, could return again next year. “The crowd massively helped us,” he said. “It was our fault that we didn’t really get them into it in the first set because we were a bit slow to get going and we found ourselves down pretty quickly but they say in football that the crowd is the twelfth man out there and we thought the only real chance we have of getting back into this was to bounce off their energy.

“It was an unbelievable atmosphere, the last two days has been so special to play in front of such a big crowd, that’s so for you and fair to the opponents, clapping good points, you couldn’t really ask for more, it’s just a shame we couldn’t get them that win.”

Clayton, from Jersey, said he had felt like an adopted Scot. “It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t quite get our game on the court how we would have liked today but credit where credit’s due - our opponents played a very good match and had obviously looked at a few things and their tactics were pretty much spot on. They played well, but great week for us, we made the final it was brilliant to play out there, the crowd was great and although we went down it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.”

Top seed Lukas Lacko from Slovak Republic lived up to his billing to take the Glasgow Trophy ATP Challenger title with a three sets win over Italy’s Luca Vanni 46 76(3) 64 in the singles final