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February 4, 2013 09:18 AM
Jacksonville's Brown Park Refurbished by USTA Davis Cup Legacy Program
 
DavisCupLogoUSAThe USTA national office, USTA Florida, and the City of Jacksonville will refurbish courts at the Clanzel T. Brown Park tennis facility in Jacksonville, Fla., as a part of the USTA's Davis Cup Legacy program. The program, begun more than a decade ago, is designed to leave a permanent tennis legacy in the communities which host Davis Cup ties in the United States.
 
The U.S. Davis Cup first round tie was held in Jacksonville on Feb. 1-3, 2013, where the U.S. defeated Brazil 3-2 to advance to the quarterfinals where they will host Serbia in April.
 
 
To further develop 10 and Under Tennis and youth tennis in Jacksonville, Fla., one court at Clanzel T. Brown Park will be converted into four permanent 36-foot 10 and Under Tennis courts with fencing, nets, and center straps. Seven other courts will be resurfaced and have blended lines placed on the courts to make them 60-foot 10 and Under Tennis courts.
 
 
"We are having a very positive experience in Jacksonville and are pleased with the way the community has embraced tennis and the Davis Cup this week," said David Haggerty, USTA chairman, CEO and president. "The USTA's mission is to grow tennis and give all people of all ages access to the game. We are proud to work with the City of Jacksonville to achieve this goal and leave a permanent footprint in this Davis Cup town with the Davis Cup Legacy."
 
The $42,000 projected is jointly funded by the USTA, the USTA Florida section, and the City of Jacksonville. With a Davis Cup Legacy, USTA Professional and Community tennis partner to leave a lasting impression in communities that host Davis Cup ties.
 
 
"This is a great example of how investing in sports and entertainment can create a lasting investment for our community. More than a game, we are talking about the game of life and I am proud to enter into this new partnership to strengthen the tools and resources to refine skills and promote leadership in the next generation," said Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. "The USTA and Davis Cup Legacy program should be commended for helping the City of Jacksonville carry out this important work in our community."
 
Founded in 1900, Davis Cup is the world's largest annual international men's team competition with 130 nations competing in 2013. The U.S. leads all nations with 32 Davis Cup titles. The United States holds a 213-66 all-time Davis Cup record and owns the longest uninterrupted run in the World Group, dating to 1989. For more information, including access to player and historical Davis Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/daviscup or www.daviscup.com.
 
 
Boise to Host April U.S. Davis Cup vs. Serbia
 
mediawall-davis-cup-teamThe USTA over the weekend announced Boise, Idaho, as the site for the 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal match between the United States and Serbia, to be held April 5-7, 2013. The matches will be played at the Taco Bell Arena on the campus of Boise State University, which will have an expected capacity of approximately 11,700.
 
 
The event is being organized, staged and promoted by the USTA. Tickets will go on sale to the general public in late-February. For more information, fans can call the U.S. Davis Cup hotline at (888) 484-8782 or visit www.usta.com/daviscup.
 
 
The best-of-five match series begins Friday, April 5, with two singles matches, featuring each country's No. 1 player against the other country's No. 2 player. Saturday's schedule features the pivotal doubles match, and the final day of play on Sunday includes two "reverse singles" matches, where the No. 1 players square off followed by the No. 2 players going head-to-head. All matches are best-of-five sets until one country wins three matches.
 
 
This will be the second consecutive home tie for the U.S. Davis Cup team after winning the 2013 World Group First Round in Jacksonville, Fla., against Brazil. This will be just the third home match as U.S. Davis Cup captain for Jim Courier and just the fourth home tie for the U.S. since 2009. In that time, the U.S. team has played seven road matches -- all on clay.
 
The U.S. is 110-16 all-time in Davis Cup ties played at home. Idaho is the 34th state to host a U.S. Davis Cup tie.
 
The match will mark just the second meeting between the U.S. and Serbia in Davis Cup competition. Serbia won the only previous meeting 3-2 in the 2010 World Group First Round in Belgrade by a Novak Djokovic-led team. Serbia is only one of three countries to have a winning record against the U.S. Davis Cup team.
 
 
Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage of the U.S. vs. Serbia Davis Cup match. The winner of the United States and Serbia tie will play in the semifinals on Sept. 13-15.
 
 
Oudin Replaces Stephens for U.S. Fed Cup
 
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Melanie Oudin
The USTA and U.S. Fed Cup captain Mary Joe Fernandez announced that Melanie Oudin will replace Sloane Stephens on the United States Fed Cup team for the 2013 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round in Rimini, Italy, to be held Feb. 9-10, 2013.
 
Stephens suffered an abdominal strain during her run to the Australian Open semifinals last month.
 
"I'm terribly disappointed that I won't be able to play for my country in Italy," said Stephens, who is ranked a career-high No. 17 in the WTA Tour Rankings and is 10-3 this year. "I played a lot more matches than I expected in four straight weeks in Australia and need to be careful not to let this ab injury sideline me for a long time."
 
Oudin joins Fed Cup rookies Varvara Lepchenko and Jamie Hampton as well as doubles stalwart Liezel Huber.
 
"Melanie is such a team player to answer the call at the 11th hour. She has played some of her best tennis in Fed Cup," said Fernandez, who is in her fifth year as U.S. Fed Cup captain. "We were excited for Sloane to make her Fed Cup singles debut, but that will have to wait for another day."
 
Oudin, 21, was scheduled to play in the $100,000 Dow Corning Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit event in Midland, Mich., this week. She led the United States to the Fed Cup final in 2009 and 2010 (both runner-up finishes to Italy). Overall, Oudin has played in seven Fed Cup ties and has a 5-8 singles record in the competition. The Marietta, Ga., native is currently No. 85 in the world and won her first career WTA Tour singles title last year in Birmingham, Great Britain, defeating former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic in the final.
 
Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the world's largest annual international women's team competition with 97 countries entering in 2013. The United States leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup titles, the last coming in 2000. For more information, including access to player and historical Fed Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/fedcup.
 
 
 
 

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