By Jason Brown, USTA.com
White Plains, N.Y. – U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe announced that Andy Roddick, James Blake and Bob and Mike Bryan will compete for the United States in the first-round tie against Switzerland.
Ryan Sweeting and Alex Domijan were named U.S. Davis Cup team practice partners.
The Swiss team, coached by Severin Luthi, is comprised of Stanislas Wawrinka, Stephane Bohli, Marco Chudinelli and Yves Allegro.
The United States will face Switzerland in the 2009 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Arena in Birmingham, AL, March 6-8.
The winner advances to play either Chile or Croatia in the quarterfinal round, July 10-12. Having last hosted Chile and Croatia, the Americans would be guaranteed to play on the road in South America or Europe.
In 2008, the U.S. reached the semifinals and lost to Spain at the Las Ventas bull-ring in Madrid. Along the way, it beat Austria at Vienna in the first round, and followed that up with a strong win over France at the Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Switzerland will be playing without the services of their top player, Roger Federer, who announced his withdrawal from the series citing a back injury.
"This decision was very difficult for me because I won't just be missing one of my favorite tournaments of the tour, but also the chance to go through to the next round with my teammates," said Federer.
Without him, the Americans will arrive in Birmingham as heavy favorites to advance to the next round. The depleted Swiss squad figure to rely heavily on 17th-ranked Stanislas Wawrinka, their only other player ranked in the Top 100 of the ATP Tour.
Other 2009 Davis Cup First Round action includes: Croatia vs. Chile, Argentina vs. Netherlands, Czech Republic vs. France, Sweden vs. Israel, Romania vs. Russia, Germany vs. Austria, and Spain vs. Serbia.
Tennis Channel signed a multi-year deal to be the exclusive U.S. television home of all U.S. Davis Cup ties. All three days of the U.S.-Switzerland tie (March 6-8; daily covering starting at 1 p.m. ET) will be broadcast live in high-definition on Tennis Channel.