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USTA FL Friday Blog: 2013 U.S. Davis Cup Home-tie-palooza

September 21, 2012 10:58 AM
Lost in the news was this week's announcement of the 2013 Davis Cup draw.

The U.S. will be hosting Brazil? Ho-hum.

But buried in the draw potentials are numerous possible home matches in a row -- 3-4 at that -- and some potential hosting opportunities for Florida sites.

 
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Next year will be nine years since Florida last hosted a Davis Cup tie, at the Delray Beach Tennis Center
The Delray Beach Tennis Center was lined-up to possibly host the Davis Cup final this year, but that fell through when the U.S. lost to Spain following the US Open. But now with the U.S. vs. Brazil announcement, the USTA is looking for (and accepting applications for) a host site for the Feb. 1-3, 2013 tie.

The U.S. will be heavy favorites against Brazil, which would mean ANOTHER U.S. hosting opportunity when the U.S. welcomes likely opponent Serbia in the April 5-7 World Group quarterfinals. And if the U.S. and some combination of John Isner, Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey and the Bryan brothers can get past Novak Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic? Then ANOTHER likely home tie awaits, hosting favorite Spain in the Sept. 13-15 World Group semifinals.

The Davis Cup home-away format means the country that had to travel the last time the two met gets to host the next time around.

That's at least three home matches in a row, all likely on hardcourts, indoor carpet/hard, or grass. If we reach the semifinals against Spain, we can put a red sheet over the court that looks like clay, then right before the match pull the cover off and surprise! Grasscourt! But that probably wouldn't bother former Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal much...

While the U.S. finally drew an easy Davis Cup opener, some other top countries weren't so lucky.

Spain will still be the favorite when they travel to Canada in February, but Milos Raonic in singles and Daniel Nestor and company in doubles will pose an upset threat. The Czechs, who will play the final this year against Spain, in February have the toughest task, traveling to Switzerland (if Roger Federer is in the house).

In addition to the Delray Beach Tennis Center, Vero Beach, Jacksonville, and other Florida sites have shown interest over the past couple years in hosting Davis Cup ties. The U.S. last hosted a tie in July 2011, and Florida last hosted a tie in April 2004 when Andy Roddick, Fish and the Bryan brothers defeated Sweden at the Delray Beach Tennis Center.

For more on the 2013 Davis Cup go to www.daviscup.org.

Also this weekend the top juniors in Florida gather at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach to battle for the age-division titles of "Florida State Doubles Champion" at the USTA Florida Bobby Curtis State Doubles Championships in the BG10-14 and BG16-18.

Happy weekending!
 
The weekly USTA Florida Friday blog is written by USTA Florida Communications Coordinator Rick Vach
 
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