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Florida Tennis Briefs: U.S. Davis Cup, USTA Collegiate Travel Teams Named

June 28, 2011 12:38 PM
Roddick, Fish, Bryans Announced for U.S. Davis Cup vs Spain on July 8-10

DavisCupLogoUSAU.S. Davis Cup stalwart Andy Roddick, Wimbledon active quarterfinalist Mardy Fish, and the world No. 1 doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan were announced by U.S. Captain Jim Courier as the team that will host Spain in the Davis Cup quarterfinals on July 8-10, 2010, at the Frank Erwin Center at the University of Texas in Austin. 

Roddick, who is second all-time in U.S. Davis Cup history with 33 career singles wins, will compete in his adopted hometown of Austin for the first time, and the tie will also be Courier's first at home as the U.S. captain.

Spain named world No. 6 David Ferrer, 2009 Australian Open semifinalist Fernando Verdasco, Feliciano Lopez, who will compete in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, and Marcel Granollers as its team for the quarterfinals.

"Spain has been one of the top Davis Cup teams for a number of years now and we are excited to have the chance to compete against them in Austin in front of our home crowd," said Courier, who was named the 40th U.S. Davis Cup Captain in October. "Our team is looking forward to both the challenge and the atmosphere of the tie."

Tennis Channel will provide live daily coverage of the event.

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who announced earlier in the week he is skipping the tie to rest and rehabilitate injuries, led Spain to a 4-1 victory in the last meeting between the two countries in the 2008 semifinal in Spain.

Should the U.S. defeat Spain, it will face either Germany or France in the semifinals on Sept. 16-18 in a tie guaranteed to be on the road under the competition's alternating home-away format. 

The opening day of play in the best-of-five match series features each country's No. 1 singles player against the No. 2 player from the opposing country. The pivotal doubles match is played Saturday, followed by Sunday's "reverse singles," starting with each country's No. 1 player squaring off followed by the No. 2 players in the fifth and final match.

The U.S. is one of the older/more experienced squads in the Davis Cup competition. The 29-year-old Fish is 6-5 career in Davis Cup singles play and will compete as the U.S. team's No. 1 singles player for the just the second time in his career as the top-ranked American. The 28-year-old Roddick is 33-11 carer in Davis Cup play (all singles matches) and is second all-time with most U.S. Davis Cup singles victories, behind John McEnroe's 41.

The 33-year-old Bryan twins are 17-2 career in Davis Cup doubles, first all-time as a team in U.S. history. The Bryan brothers currently share the No. 1 doubles ranking and finished five of the past six years as the top-ranked doubles team in the world. 

Founded in 1900, Davis Cup is the world's largest annual international men's team competition with 125 nations competing this year.  The U.S. leads all nations with 32 Davis Cup titles.

Five Florida Players Named to 2011 USTA Summer Collegiate Travel Team

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Three Florida male players and two women players were among 19 of the nation's top men's and women's collegiate tennis players named to the 2011 USTA Summer Collegiate Team, administered by the USTA and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

The USTA Summer Collegiate Team is an elite training program for the top American collegiate tennis players. The program began in 1996 and is funded by the USTA.  It is designed to provide college players with valuable exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit in a team-oriented environment during the year. 

In addition to competing on the USTA Pro Circuit, USTA Player Development is hosting two Pro Tour Transition camps -- one for men, one for women -- for the selected players. The men's camp was held June 9-15 on claycourts in Boca Raton, Fla., while the women's camp will be conducted July 2-8 on hardcourts in Boca Raton. Additional training opportunities for top American Collegiate players will also occur over the summer in Boca Raton and Carson, Calif.

Florida players selected were Sekou Bangoura of Bradenton (University of Florida), Alex Domijan of Wesley Chapel (University of Virginia), Austin Krajicek of Brandon (Texas A&M), Lauren Embree of Marco Island (UF), and Allie Will of Boca Raton (UF).

Other players selected were Kristie Ahn, Stanford (Upper Saddle River, N.J.), Chase Buchanan, Ohio State (New Albany, Ohio), Hilary Barte, Stanford (Chatsworth, Calif.), Steve Johnson, USC (Orange, Calif.), Nicole Gibbs, Stanford (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Evan King, Michigan (Chicago), Maria Sanchez, Southern California (Modesto, Calif.), Bradley Klahn, Stanford (Poway, Calif.), Dennis Nevolo, Illinois (Gurnee, Ill.), Eric Quigley, Kentucky (Pewee Valley, Ky.), Tennys Sandgren, Tennessee (Gallatin, Tenn.), Ray Sarmiento, USC (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Michael Shabaz, Virginia (Fairfax, Va.), and Rhyne Williams, Tennessee (Knoxville, Tenn.).      

For the third consecutive year, each team will have two coaches. Jamea Jackson, assistant coach of women's tennis at Oklahoma State University and Audra Cohen, the newly-named head coach of women's tennis at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville will coach the women's team, while Ryan Sachire, associate head coach of men's tennis at the University of Notre Dame, and Bo Hodge, assistant coach of men's tennis at the University of Alabama, will be coaching the men's team. Hodge and Jackson also coached the men's and women's teams in 2010.

Team members were selected based on their performance at the NCAA Championships, the ITA All-Americans and the National Indoor Championships. Players' results from the USTA Pro Circuit, ATP or WTA events were also considered.  All 19 of the players selected received 2011 ITA All-American honors. 

Current pros who were members of prior USTA Summer Collegiate Teams include James Blake, Bob and Mike Bryan, John Isner, Amer Delic, Jesse Levine, Irina Falconi, and Jesse Witten.






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