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Davis Cup Draw Revealed, Development Camp on Thursday

January 31, 2013 05:39 PM
Draw Revealed Thursday for U.S.-Brazil Davis Cup
 
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John Isner and Sam Querrey speak to the media at the draw ceremony Thursday at the Times-Union Center in Jacksonville (photo: Ron Angle)
Today revealed the match-ups for the Davis Cup weekend in Jacksonville, Fla., as the U.S. squad hosts Brazil.
 
On Friday at 2 p.m., Sam Querrey of the U.S. will meet Brazils’ top player, Thomaz Bellucci, followed by American No. 1 John Isner against Brazilian Thiago Alves.
 
On Saturday at 2 p.m. the American Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, will face a team that has defeated them before in tour play, the Brazilian pair of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares.
 
The reverse singles are scheduled for Sunday, with Isner facing Bellucci, then Querrey against Alves.
 
Team captains may substitute the doubles team up to one hour before the match.
 
It will be the first home tie for both John Isner (5-5 career in Davis Cup singles) and Sam Querrey (1-5), and neither has played a Davis Cup match on hardcourts.
 
This will be just the second home match for U.S. Davis Cup captain and Florida native Jim Courier. The U.S. played all three of its matches on the road in 2012, posting wins over Roger Federer’s Swiss team and France before losing to Spain in the semifinals. The matchup with Brazil will be the first home tie for the U.S. since the 2011 quarterfinals in Austin, Texas, and just the third home tie for the U.S. since 2009. In that time, the U.S. team has played seven road matches -- all on clay.
 
Of the Day 1 match-ups, Querrey and Bellucci have never faced each other, and Isner and Alves have never faced each other.
 
The U.S. is 109-16 all-time in Davis Cup ties played at home and undefeated in Florida (6-0). This will be the seventh Davis Cup tie played in the state of Florida and first since the U.S. defeated Sweden, 4-1, in the 2004 quarterfinal at the Delray Beach Tennis Center.
 
Tennis Channel will air live daily coverage. Friday’s singles matches will air live at 2 p.m. ET, Saturday’s doubles match will air at 2 p.m. ET, and Sunday’s singles matches will air live at 12 p.m. ET.
 
 
4 Fla. Jrs. Chosen for USTA Davis Cup Camp in Jacksonville
 
DavisCupLogoUSAFour Florida juniors are among eight junior boys selected to play in the USTA Player Development Davis Cup Camp, held Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Jacksonville, Fla. The camp is being held in conjunction with the U.S. Davis Cup team’s first-round tie against Brazil, Feb. 1-3, at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
 
Selected to participate are Stefan Kozlov (14, Pembroke Pines, Fla.), Henrik Wiersholm, (15, Kirkland, Wash.), William Blumberg (15, Greenwich, Conn.), Jake Devine (15, Boca Raton, Fla.), Eduardo Nava (15, Woodland Hills, Calif.), Reilly Opelka (15, Palm Coast, Fla.), Alfredo Perez (15, Coral Gables, Fla.) and Nathan Ponwith (14, Scottsdale, Ariz.).
 
The USTA Player Development Davis Cup camp is an opportunity for some of the nation’s top 14- and 15-year olds juniors to train with one another, as well as watch and interact with the U.S. Davis Cup team of captain Jim Courier, John Isner, Sam Querrey and Bob and Mike Bryan.
 
The Davis Cup camp will be coached by USTA National Coaches Diego Moyano and Eric Nunez.
 
Pembroke Pines’ Kozlov is currently the youngest played ranked in the Top 70 of the ITF World Junior Rankings at No. 66. He played for the United States in the 16-and-under Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas this past fall, going 4-1 in singles play to help the U.S. to a third place finish in Barcelona, Spain.
 
 
 
 

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