DESPITE the success of the inaugural event, the organisers of the Aberdeen Cup have admitted they will have to refresh the format if it is to survive beyond this year. The competition, which pits a Scottish team led by Andy Murray against an English one led by Greg Rusedski, has been dogged by slow ticket sales this time round.

"We will sit down after this year's event and work out how we take it forward for the following year. I think if we were to continue it, it would definitely need a change in format, " said Tom Maidment of the promoters, WSM.

"We want to make it work, but we have got no commitment to do it for any long than this year. Obviously we want to carry on, but it depends on the revenue we can bring in from sponsors. As long as there is interest from sponsors, there will be an event, although clearly the whole thing ultimately depends on Andy's participation."

Last year more than 5,000 spectators watched Scotland beat England at the AECC Press and Journal Arena, with Sky Sports carrying several hours of live coverage each evening during the two-day Davis Cup-style tournament. But this year's competition, which takes place in Aberdeen on November 25th26th, has no live coverage, although the satellite broadcaster is in talks for a highlights package to be shown at a later date.