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Davis Cup Week Events Kick Off in Jacksonville

January 28, 2013 12:57 PM
mediawall-davis-cupThe U.S. hosts Brazil this week in Jacksonville, Fla., during first-round play in the Davis Cup World Group, and a host of events lead up to the Feb. 1-3, 2013 tie to be held at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
 
On Tuesday, captain Jim Courier and his players will make an appearance at John Stockton Elementary School to take part in a Tennis Assembly for students. The school won a visit from the team thanks to fourth-grader Wallace Grissett, who was named the winner of a Duval County Public Schools district-wide writing contest with the theme "How does tennis make you a healthy person?"
 
The assembly will include 10 and Under Tennis hosted by the USTA Florida Section, and students will be able to play tennis with the U.S. Davis Cup team.
 
Later on Tuesday, both teams will participate in pre-draw press conferences for media covering the event at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
 
On Wednesday both teams will participate in practice sessions that will be free and open to the public. The U.S. team will practice from 4-5 p.m., and the Brazilian squad from 5-6 p.m. Doors will open at 3:45 p.m., and the event will be limited to the first 600 fans.
 
Fans will not need a ticket and may enter the arena through the main entrance along A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Free parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis in Lot Z on the corner of Duval Street and Palmetto Street. The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena ticket office will also be open, and single-day session tickets are available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
 
On Thursday the draw ceremony will be held at noon (for media only) at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, announcing the Friday singles, Saturday doubles, and Sunday singles line-ups.
 
The practice partners for the U.S. squad will be 2010 US Open boys' singles champion Jack Sock, and 2010 NCAA singles champion Bradley Klahn. Both have served previously as practice partners for the team.
 
The U.S. team is comprised of John Isner, Sam Querrey, Bob and Mike Bryan, and captain Jim Courier. The Brazil team features Thomaz Bellucci, Thiago Alves, Marcelo Melo, Bruno Soares, and captain Joao Zwetsch.
 
Other World Group first round match-ups this weekend alongside the U.S. vs. Brazil will be Spain at Canada (Vancouver, British Columbia), Czech Republic at Switzerland (Geneva, Switzerland), Serbia at Belgium (Charleroi, Belgium), Croatia at Italy (Turin, Italy), Israel at France (Rouen, France), Germany at Argentina (Buenos Aires, Argentina), and Austria at Kazakhstan (Astana, Kazakhstan).
 
The U.S. Davis Cup is organized and staged by the United States Tennis Association. For ticket information visit www.ticketmaster.com or call (888) 484-8782, or for more event information visit www.usta.com/daviscup.
 
 
 
 
 

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