Capacity Crowds of 12,000 to fill Portland’s Memorial Coliseum, Nov 30.-Dec. 2
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., October 15, 2007 – The USTA has announced a sellout for the 2007 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final between the United States and Russia at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum, Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
“The stage is set for a memorable event -- a classic match-up between our top American team and the defending Davis Cup champions from Russia,” said Arlen Kantarian, Chief Executive Officer, Pro Tennis, USTA. “This is the first Davis Cup Final in the U.S. in 15 years, and we are thrilled that we’ll have a sold-out patriotic crowd supporting our team.”
Play begins at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 30, and on Sunday, December 2. Friday features two singles matches, with two “reverse” singles matches on Sunday. Competition begins at 12:30 p.m. for the pivotal doubles match on Saturday, December 1. All matches are best of five sets. The country that wins three of these five matches will be crowned Davis Cup champion.
The 2007 Davis Cup Final is expected to feature three of the top eight singles players in the world. No. 5 Andy Roddick and No. 8 James Blake have been mainstays on the U.S. Davis Cup team, as have the world’s No. 1 doubles team, Bob and Mike Bryan. No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko is expected to represent Russia.
The United States last hosted the Davis Cup Final in 1992 in Ft. Worth, Texas, where Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Pete Sampras and John McEnroe teamed to defeat Switzerland. Portland’s Memorial Coliseum hosted two previous Davis Cup events in 1981 and 1984. Both of these were U.S. semifinal victories over Australia.
Founded in 1900, Davis Cup is the world’s largest annual international team competition with 131 countries competing this year. The United States leads all nations with 31 Davis Cup titles. The USTA organizes, stages and promotes all Davis Cup events in the U.S.
Versus will air live coverage daily and The Tennis Channel will air a prime time re-broadcast each evening beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
AIG is the official sponsor of the U.S. Davis Cup team. Wilson is the official ball of the U.S. Davis Cup team.