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U.S. opens at Czech Republic on clay

May 25, 2008 01:13 PM
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- The United States will play at the Czech Republic on an indoor clay court in the first round of the 2007 Davis Cup.

"We're looking forward to yet another challenge against a top European team on clay,'' U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe said Friday. "Having to win an away match on clay has been a challenge for us.''

The best-of-five series will be Feb. 9-11 at Ostrava.

The Americans lost on clay in the 2006 semifinals to eventual champion Russia.

For the U.S. team's past four outings, McEnroe used the lineup of James Blake (currently ranked No. 4) and Andy Roddick (No. 6) in singles, and the top-ranked doubles team of twins Bob and Mike Bryan.

The Czech Republic is led by No. 13 Tomas Berdych and No. 19 Radek Stepanek.

The United States has won 31 Davis Cup titles, the last in 1995 _ the country's longest title drought since the competition began in 1900.

 

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