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Isner to Open for U.S. Davis Cup Friday vs. Serbia

March 3, 2010 06:00 PM


 Sam Querrey and John Isner

Florida’s Davis Cup rookie John Isner will start for the U.S. on Friday when he faces Serbia’s Viktor Troicki in the opening match of the U.S. vs. Serbia World Group Davis Cup tie in Belgrade.

Isner, whose training base is at the Saddlebrook tennis academy north of Tampa, makes his Davis Cup debut as long-time U.S. Davis Cup representatives Andy Roddick and James Blake sit out the year to rehabilitate injuries and concentrate on tournament play.

“As you know, we have a new-look roster for the 2010 season,” U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe blogged for usta.com. “Andy Roddick and James Blake are taking the year off, and it’s exciting for me to see the young guys come in and get the opportunity. I’m pretty energized by what I see…John Isner’s looked really good. He’s had a great week of practice and looks pretty relaxed, so obviously my job is to keep him calm, and he’ll be fine. It’ll be interesting to see how John and Sam Querrey perform on a big international stage. It’s a change for them, but I think they’ll do well. Sam played in Davis Cup competition for us a couple of years ago against Spain in Madrid, and that was a great experience for him. John thrives in the big-match atmosphere – he’s shown that in his young career already.”

In the second match of the day American Sam Querrey will face Serbia’s Novak Djokovic.

American twins Bob and Mike Bryan will represent the U.S. in doubles on Saturday, scheduled to face Serbs Nenad Zimonjic and Janko Tipsarevic.

The U.S. and Serbia have never faced each other in Davis Cup competition. The contest will be televised live on Tennis Channel, with coverage on all three days of competition, March 5-7. Friday’s singles matches will be aired at 10 a.m. ET; Saturday’s doubles begins at 8 a.m. ET; and the reverse singles on Sunday is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. ET.

Other ties contested during the weekend will be Switzerland at Spain, Germany at France, India at Russia, Argentina at Sweden, Ecuador at Croatia, Czech Republic at Belgium, and Israel at Chile while will start a day late due to the earthquake in the region.






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